Arguments and options

An ADEdit command works very much like a UNIX command. Depending on the command, you might be required to specify one or more arguments. An argument is typically a variable that follows the command name to provide data that controls the operation to be performed. In some cases, values for the variables are required for a command to execute. In other cases, variables might be optional. The reference information for individual commands indicates whether arguments are required or optional. In most cases, however, arguments must be entered in the order specified for the command.

In addition to arguments, ADEdit commands may or may not have options. Options must precede a command’s arguments. Each option is a single word preceded by a hyphen (-) such as -write. Options can also have their own arguments. If an option takes an argument, it must immediately follow the option.

Options are used to control specific operations of ADEdit commands. For example:

>bind -gc acme.com administrator #3gEgh^&4

In this example, the bind command has an option -gc that specifies a global catalog domain controller. Three arguments follow the option. The first argument is required and specifies the domain to which to bind. The second and third arguments are optional and provide a use name and password to be used for binding.