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LDAP_OPEN(3)               Library Functions Manual               LDAP_OPEN(3)



NAME
       ldap_init, ldap_initialize, ldap_open - Initialize the LDAP library and
       open a connection to an LDAP server

LIBRARY
       OpenLDAP LDAP (libldap, -lldap)

SYNOPSIS
       #include <&lt;ldap.h>&gt;

       LDAP *ldap_open(host, port)
       char *host;
       int port;

       LDAP *ldap_init(host, port)
       char *host;
       int port;

       int ldap_initialize(ldp, uri)
       LDAP **ldp;
       char *uri;

       #include <&lt;ldap_pvt.h>&gt;

       int ldap_init_fd(fd, proto, uri, ldp)
       ber_socket_t fd;
       int proto;
       char *uri;
       LDAP **ldp;

DESCRIPTION
       ldap_open() opens a connection to an LDAP server and allocates an LDAP
       structure which is used to identify the connection and to maintain per-
       connection information.  ldap_init() allocates an LDAP structure but
       does not open an initial connection.  ldap_initialize() allocates an
       LDAP structure but does not open an initial connection.  ldap_init_fd()
       allocates an LDAP structure using an existing connection on the
       provided socket.  One of these routines must be called before any
       operations are attempted.

       ldap_open() takes host, the hostname on which the LDAP server is
       running, and port, the port number to which to connect.  If the default
       IANA-assigned port of 389 is desired, LDAP_PORT should be specified for
       port.  The host parameter may contain a blank-separated list of hosts
       to try to connect to, and each host may optionally by of the form
       host:port.  If present, the :port overrides the port parameter to
       ldap_open(). Upon successfully making a connection to an LDAP server,
       ldap_open() returns a pointer to an opaque LDAP structure, which should
       be passed to subsequent calls to ldap_bind(), ldap_search(), etc.
       Certain fields in the LDAP structure can be set to indicate size limit,
       time limit, and how aliases are handled during operations; read and
       write access to those fields must occur by calling ldap_get_option(3)
       and ldap_set_option(3) respectively, whenever possible.

       ldap_init() acts just like ldap_open(), but does not open a connection
       to the LDAP server.  The actual connection open will occur when the
       first operation is attempted.

       ldap_initialize() acts like ldap_init(), but it returns an integer
       indicating either success or the failure reason, and it allows to
       specify details for the connection in the schema portion of the URI.
       The uri parameter may be a comma- or whitespace-separated list of URIs
       containing only the schema, the host, and the port fields.  Apart from
       ldap, other (non-standard) recognized values of the schema field are
       ldaps (LDAP over TLS), ldapi (LDAP over IPC), and cldap (connectionless
       LDAP).  If other fields are present, the behavior is undefined.

       At this time, ldap_open() and ldap_init() are deprecated in favor of
       ldap_initialize(), essentially because the latter allows to specify a
       schema in the URI and it explicitly returns an error code.

       ldap_init_fd() allows an LDAP structure to be initialized using an
       already-opened connection. The proto parameter should be one of
       LDAP_PROTO_TCP, LDAP_PROTO_UDP, or LDAP_PROTO_IPC for a connection
       using TCP, UDP, or IPC, respectively. The value LDAP_PROTO_EXT may also
       be specified if user-supplied sockbuf handlers are going to be used.
       Note that support for UDP is not implemented unless libldap was built
       with LDAP_CONNECTIONLESS defined.  The uri parameter may optionally be
       provided for informational purposes.

       Note: the first call into the LDAP library also initializes the global
       options for the library. As such the first call should be single-
       threaded or otherwise protected to insure that only one call is active.
       It is recommended that ldap_get_option() or ldap_set_option() be used
       in the program's main thread before any additional threads are created.
       See ldap_get_option(3).


ERRORS
       If an error occurs, ldap_open() and ldap_init() will return NULL and
       errno should be set appropriately.  ldap_initialize() and
       ldap_init_fd() will directly return the LDAP code associated to the
       error (or LDAP_SUCCESS in case of success); errno should be set as well
       whenever appropriate.

SEE ALSO
       ldap(3), ldap_bind(3), ldap_get_option(3), ldap_set_option(3),
       lber-sockbuf(3), errno(3)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
       OpenLDAP Software is developed and maintained by The OpenLDAP Project
       <http://www.openldap.org/>;.  OpenLDAP Software is derived from
       University of Michigan LDAP 3.3 Release.



OpenLDAP 2.4.23                   2010/06/30                      LDAP_OPEN(3)