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ladapsearch- how to search whether an user account already exists in ldap


I want to verify if an user account already exists in LDAP or not.
If its local authentication, i would do
# grep <userid> /etc/passwd
and I will know if user acct already exits or not. I am not sure how to find out the same in the case of LDAP.
Please let me know what the command and options would be if I need to verify user acct in LDAP.
Thanks in advance.
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Monis MontherSystem ArchitectCommented:
ldapsearch -x -b uid=mark,ou=people,dc=domain,dc=com "objectclass=*"

where -x means without SASL authentication , if you are using SASL authentication then omit the -x
              -b means your base search , from which part of the directory you are searching

uid will be the user name
ou=people  I am assuming that this is your ou that holds uses, it might be people instead of user ou=people
domain is your top level domain and dc=com is your root domain . if you were xyz.net then it will be dc=xyz,dc=net.

If sucessfull you should get a list of the users attributes on the screen
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