2. Examples and Formatting

Each of the examples used in this guide, such as file locations and commands, have certain defined conventions.

2.1. Command and File Examples

All of the examples for Red Hat Directory Server commands, file locations, and other usage are given for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit) systems. Be certain to use the appropriate commands and files for your platform.

Example 1. Example Command

To start the Red Hat Directory Server:
service dirsrv start

2.2. Brackets

Square brackets ([]) are used to indicate an alternative element in a name. For example, if a tool is available in /usr/lib on 32-bit systems and in /usr/lib64 on 64-bit systems, then the tool location may be represented as /usr/lib[64].

2.3. Client Tool Information

The tools for Red Hat Directory Server are located in the /usr/bin and the /usr/sbin directories.


The LDAP tools such as ldapmodify and ldapsearch from OpenLDAP use SASL connections by default. To perform a simple bind using a username and password, use the -x argument to disable SASL.

2.4. Text Formatting and Styles

Certain words are represented in different fonts, styles, and weights. Different character formatting is used to indicate the function or purpose of the phrase being highlighted.
Formatting Style Purpose
Monospace font Monospace is used for commands, package names, files and directory paths, and any text displayed in a prompt.
with a
This type of formatting is used for anything entered or returned in a command prompt.
Italicized text Any text which is italicized is a variable, such as instance_name or hostname. Occasionally, this is also used to emphasize a new term or other phrase.
Bolded text Most phrases which are in bold are application names, such as Cygwin, or are fields or options in a user interface, such as a User Name Here: field or Save button.
Other formatting styles draw attention to important text.


A note provides additional information that can help illustrate the behavior of the system or provide more detail for a specific issue.


Important information is necessary, but possibly unexpected, such as a configuration change that will not persist after a reboot.


A warning indicates potential data loss, as may happen when tuning hardware for maximum performance.