3.7. Using Special Characters

When using the command line, enclose characters that have a special meaning to the command-line interpreter, such as space ( ), asterisk (*), or backslash (\), with quotation marks. Depending on the command-line interpreter, use single or double quotation marks.
For example, to authenticate as the cn=Directory Manager user, enclose the user's DN in quotation marks:
# ldapmodify -a -D "cn=Directory Manager" -W -p 389 -h server.example.com -x
Additionally, if a DN contains a comma in a component, escape it using a backslash. For example, to authenticate as the uid=user,ou=People,dc=example.com Chicago, IL user:
# ldapmodify -a -D "cn=uid=user,ou=People,dc=example.com Chicago\, IL" \
     -W -p 389 -h server.example.com -x