SLAPO-VALSORT(5)              File Formats Manual             SLAPO-VALSORT(5)

       slapo-valsort - Value Sorting overlay to slapd


       The Value Sorting overlay can be used with a backend database to sort
       the values of specific multi-valued attributes within a subtree. The
       sorting occurs whenever the attributes are returned in a search

       Sorting can be specified in ascending or descending order, using either
       numeric or alphanumeric sort methods. Additionally, a "weighted" sort
       can be specified, which uses a numeric weight prepended to the
       attribute values.  The weighted sort is always performed in ascending
       order, but may be combined with the other methods for values that all
       have equal weights. The weight is specified by prepending an integer
       weight {<weight>} in front of each value of the attribute for which
       weighted sorting is desired. This weighting factor is stripped off and
       not returned in search results unless the valsort control is specified

       The valsort control requires a value consisting of a Sequence that
       contains a boolean flag. The weighting factor is only returned if the
       boolean value is TRUE. In lber-encode(3) format, the required value
       must conform to "{b}" syntax.

       These slapd.conf options apply to the Value Sorting overlay.  They
       should appear after the overlay directive.

       valsort-attr <attribute> <baseDN> (<sort-method> | weighted [<sort-
              Configure a sorting method for the specified attribute in the
              subtree rooted at baseDN.  The sort-method may be one of
              alpha-ascend, alpha-descend, numeric-ascend, or numeric-descend.
              If the special weighted method is specified, a secondary sort-
              method may also be specified. It is an error to specify an
              alphanumeric sort-method for an attribute with Integer or
              NumericString syntax, and it is an error to specify a numeric
              sort-method for an attribute with a syntax other than Integer or

            database bdb
            suffix dc=example,dc=com
            overlay valsort
            valsort-attr member ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com alpha-ascend

       To invoke ldapsearch(1) with the valsort control, the control value
       must be set appropriately.  The following octets represent the desired
       "{b}" encoding:

            0x30 0x03 0x01 0x01 0xff

       The control can be sent from the command-line using the base64 encoding
       of the value:

            ldapsearch -E

              default slapd configuration file

       slapd.conf(5), slapd-config(5).

       This module was written in 2005 by Howard Chu of Symas Corporation. The
       work was sponsored by Stanford University.

OpenLDAP 2.4.40                   2014/09/20                  SLAPO-VALSORT(5)