Hello, I got the following feedback from the team:
It looks as if you are using some utility called ldapvi. From a quick read this appears to be used with the OpenLDAP server. You dump the information out locally then this tool modifies what was dumped then it gets merged back. The PM, however, is not familiar with this utility and its syntaxes and encourages you to open a call with support and they can look into it then. At this point it even is unclear if it would work with eDirectory. We use a relational database called FLAIM. It is not text based, therefore, does not allow 'direct manipulation' of data in the dib.
However, we DO include the OpenLDAP tools (ldapsearch, ldapmodify, etc.) with an eDirectory installation to modify the database information via LDAP. There are a number of others. You would have no problems using these to accomplish your goals.
Hope this helps!