OpenDJ Issue - The search base entry 'dc=example,dc=com' does not exist

This bugged me for a while though when I installed a default openDJ instance in my local computer for POC purposes, I would get an ldapsearch error response stating that The search base entry 'dc=example,dc=com' does not exist All I was doing was a simple ldapsearch so what was the problem.
November 2, 2016
OpenDJldapsearchForgeRock

The command I would execute would be as follows: ./ldapsearch -h localhost -p 1389 -b "ou=People,dc=example,dc=com" objectclass=top


WHY?

The error is occurring because the 'ou' in question does not exist and that the directory data must also exist Even the query, "./ldapsearch -h localhost -p 1389 -b "dc=example,dc=com" objectclass=top" will throw the same error.

https://technicalconfessions.com/images/postimages/postimages/_436_3_OpenDJ not configured correctly for example.png

Turned out, this was because the directory data during the installation was probably left black. When you enter the base DN within the new directory, it will show that the data source is available as dc=example,dc=com (see screenshot)

./ldapsearch -h localhost -p 1389 -b "ou=people,dc=example,dc=com" objectclass=top
SEARCH operation failed
Result Code: 32 (No Such Entry)

When I reinstalled it though ensured that the configuration was correctly configured, I would get the following response:

./ldapsearch -h localhost -p 1389 -b "ou=people,dc=example,dc=com" objectclass=top
dn: ou=People,dc=example,dc=com
objectClass: top
objectClass: organizationalUnit
ou: People

dn: cn=dredfern,ou=People,dc=example,dc=com
objectClass: organizationalPerson
objectClass: top
objectClass: person
objectClass: inetOrgPerson
uid: dredfern
givenName: Daniel
sn: Redfern
cn: dredfern

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