At some point in time late in March 2013, an update to my Mac broke the ldapsearch functionality. I had a simple script written with a menu that would allow me to query the school’s directory for commonly needed info such as usernames, phone numbers, departments and so on.
Everything worked wonderfully until last month I started receiving this error:
ldap_sasl_bind(SIMPLE): Can’t contact LDAP server (-1)
After a lot of googlin’ most people receiving this error suggested adding either of these to my ldap.conf file
Unfortunately, neither of these made any difference. How frustrating. After a while I came to the realization that the ldapsearch was not longer looking at the configuration file in the standard location /etc/openldap/ldap.conf
On the Mac, using the dtruss command (similar to strace), I was able to track down where it was looking for the file by a command similar to this:
sudo dtruss -a ldapsearch [rest of the query here] 2>&1 |grep conf
which gave me what I was looking for…
346/0x2f28: 247865 12423 152 open_nocancel(“/opt/local/etc/openldap/ldap.conf\0″, 0x0, 0x1B6) = 3 0
No file existed there yet, so a simple symlink to my original configuation file fixed my ldapsearch!
sudo ln -s /etc/openldap/ldap.conf /opt/local/etc/openldap/ldap.conf