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I'm trying to set up a local LDAP server with local entry customizations that lays on top of an existing LDAP directory that we provide (which is read-only). From what I'm seeing, it looks like slapo-translucent is exactly what I need. However, I'm seeing a ton of conflicting information on the web on how to configure OpenLDAP for overlays, since there's some new LDIF configuration format, and the old slapd.conf configuration is deprecated/gone.

I already have slapd installed and running on my Ubuntu instance. Does anyone have any good pointers on where to go to set up overlays?

Thanks! Cody

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If it helps you to get started, it's still possible to configure slapd in the old-fashioned way with slapd.conf and then convert that to new format.

slaptest -f /etc/ldap/slapd.conf -F /etc/ldap/slapd.d

Above would convert /etc/ldap/slapd.conf to the new format, putting the needed data files in /etc/ldap/slapd.d. Just remember to create the destination directory before running the command.

  • Ahhh, that's awesome - I didn't know you could still use the old format. Thanks! – codykrieger Oct 26 '11 at 8:35
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On my CentOS 5, just install the openldap-servers-overlays package, load the module:

modulepath  /usr/lib64/openldap
moduleload translucent.la

and follow the document on the home page.

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