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Wizard::LDAP - Administration interface for your LDAP server


  # From the shell:

  # Or, from the WWW:
  <a href="ldap.ep">LDAP administraton</a>


This is a package for administration of an LDAP server. It allows to feed users, hosts and networks into the server.


First of all, you have to install the prerequisites. There are lots of:

An LDAP Server

You need some LDAP server. We are using the OpenLDAP server, see

In theory any other LDAP server should do, but the servers configuration might be different.

A source RPM for Red Hat Linux is available on demand.

To configure the LDAP server, edit the file topics.ldif from the distribution. Currently it looks like

  dn: topic=user, dc=ispsoft, dc=de
  name: user 
  objectclass: topic

  dn: topic=net, dc=ispsoft, dc=de
  name: net 
  objectclass: topic

Change "dc=ispsoft, dc=de" to reflect your local settings. For example, if you are using the mail domain "", then you might choose

  dc=mycompany, dc=com

Import the file into your LDAP server by using the command

  ldif2ldbm -i topics.ldif

(The above command will trash an existing LDAP database! Use ldapadd if you want to avoid this.)

Append the files and slapd.oc.conf.APPEND to your /etc/openldap/ and /etc/openldap/slapd.oc.conf and restart the OpenLDAP server.


This is a Perl package for atomic operations on important files.


If you like to use the WWW administration interface, you need the embedded Perl system HTML::EP.


Another Perl module, available at the same place.


To talk to the LDAP server, we use Graham Barr's Net::LDAP package. It is written in 100% Perl, no underlying C library required.

All the above packages are available on any CPAN mirror, for example

or perhaps at the same place where you found this file. :-)

Note that some of the packages have their own requirements. For example, HTML::EP depends on libwww and the MailTools. If so, you will be told while installing the modules. See below for the installation of the Perl modules.

Installing the Perl modules

Installing a Perl module is always the same:

  gzip -cd Wizard-LDAP-0.1005.tar.gz | tar xf -
  cd Wizard-LDAP-0.1005
  perl Makefile.PL
  make test
  make install

Alternatively you might try using the automatic installation that the CPAN module offers you:

  perl -MCPAN -e shell
  install IO::AtomicFile
  install Bundle::HTML::EP
  install Bundle::Wizard
  install Convert::BER
  install Net::LDAP
  install Wizard::LDAP

Note that some of the modules, in particular HTML::EP, need additional configuration tasks, for example modifying the web servers configuration files.

Some final tasks

You have to create a directory /etc/LDAP-Wizard and make it owned by the httpd user, so that CGI binaries can write into this directory.

Copy the file ldap.ep into your web servers root directory. (I choose /home/httpd/html/admin/ldap.ep on my Red Hat Linux box.)

Point your browser too the corresponding location, for example


Start with modifying the preferences.


This module is

  Copyright (C) 1999     Jochen Wiedmann
                         Am Eisteich 9
                         72555 Metzingen


                 and     Amarendran R. Subramanian
                         Grundstr. 32
                         72810 Gomaringen


All Rights Reserved.

You may distribute under the terms of either the GNU General Public License or the Artistic License, as specified in the Perl README file.


Wizard(3), ldapWizard(1), HTML::EP(3), Net::LDAP(3)

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