ldapsearch users and places that contains æ, ø and å

We needed to collect “Place” information per user from our LDAP server.
The problem was that the description of the “Place” came out strangely encoded whenever it contained one of the norwegian characters æ,ø or å.

The ldap command:

ldapsearch -x -H ldap://ourldapserver.uib.no x121Address=XXXXXX

where XXXXXX is the “place” code, gave a place description that looked like this:

description:: SW5zdGl0dXR0IGZvciBmaWxvc29maSBvZyBmw7hyc3Rlc2VtZXN0ZXJzdHVkaWVy

where the real name of “Place” could be something like: “Institutt for .. and then a word with æ, ø or å”

The solution was to use ldapsearch as follows:
ldapsearch -x -z 1 -t departmentNumber=XXXXXX ou

where XXXXXX is the University of Bergen “placecode” for a “Place”. For instance the number 567123 could be the place code for our IT department.
-z 1 reduces the list of hits to one (1), and ou specifies the “Place” description.

The list of users was already collected in a text file: people.txt on the form:


The bash script that solved the issue for me was:

# People collected with:
 # ls -al /www/folk/ |awk {'print $9'}|grep -v unwanted_line|sort > people.txt

PEOPLE=<code>cat people.txt</code>

  PLACECODE=<code>ldapsearch -x -H ldap://ourldapserver.uib.no uid=$USERNAME | grep departmentNumber | awk {'print $2'}</code>

  if [ ! -z $PLACECODE ]; then

    # Some times name of place is written to screen, other times to a file under /tmp
    OUINFO=<code>ldapsearch -x -z 1 -t departmentNumber=$PLACECODE ou | grep 'ou:'</code>

    if [ <code>echo $OUINFO | grep 'file:' | wc -l</code> -eq 0 ];then
      PLACE=<code>echo $OUINFO | sed -e s/&quot;ou:\ &quot;//g</code>
      THEFILE=<code>echo $OUINFO | grep 'file:' |  sed -e s/&quot;.*file:\/\/&quot;//g</code>
      PLACE=<code>cat $THEFILE</code>

      #echo &quot;The file is: &quot; $THEFILE
      #echo &quot;and the place is: &quot; $PLACE