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NILOAD(8)                   System Manager's Manual                  NILOAD(8)

       niload - load text or flat-file-format data into NetInfo

       niload  [ -v ]  [ -d ]  [ -m ]  [ -p ] [ -t ] { -r directory | format }

       niload loads information from standard input  into  the  given  NetInfo
       domain.   If format is specified, the input is interpreted according to
       the flat-file file format of the same name.   The  allowed  values  for
       format are aliases, bootparams, bootptab, exports, fstab, group, hosts,
       networks, passwd, printcap, protocols, rpc, and services.

       If -r directory is specified instead of a flat-file  file  format,  the
       input  is interpreted as "raw" NetInfo data, as generated by nidump -r,
       and loaded into directory.  Note that this operation  will  delete  and
       replace  the  entire  NetInfo  subtree at the specified directory.  Any
       existing records in this subtree will be lost.

       niload overwrites entries in the existing directory with those given in
       the  input.   Entries  that are in the directory aren't deleted if they
       don't exist in the input, unless the -d option  is  specified.   niload
       must  be  run  as  superuser on the master NetInfo server for the given
       domain, unless one specifies the -p option, which  allows  one  to  run
       from anywhere in the network.

       -v     Verbose.   Prints  details of records as they are updated (flat-
              file formats only).

       -d     Delete entries which are in the directory, but not in the input.

       -m     Merge properties and values.  Existing properties will  be  pre-
              served  in  the  database  if they are not present in the input.
              For example, if a user record has a "picture" property,  loading
              a passwd-format record for this user will preserve the property.
              Property values are also merged.

       -p     Prompt for the root password of the given domain so that one can
              run from other locations in the network besides the master.

       -t     Interpret  the  domain  as a tagged domain.  For example, "trot-
              ter/network" refers to the  database  tagged  "network"  on  the
              machine "trotter".  The machine name can be an actual name or an
              IP address.

       -r     Load entries in "raw" format, as generated by  nidump  -r.   The
              first  argument  should  be the path of a NetInfo directory into
              which the information is loaded.  Since the input  often  speci-
              fies  properties  (including  "name")  at its topmost level, the
              directory you specify may be renamed as a result of this  opera-
              tion.   If  the directory you specify does not exist, it will be

       "niload passwd . < /etc/passwd" loads the local /etc/passwd  file  into
       the local NetInfo database.

       "niload -d -r /locations ."  replaces the contents of /locations in the
       local domain with input given in nidump "raw" format.

       nidump(8),   niutil(8),    netinfo(5),    aliases(5),    bootparams(5),
       bootptab(5),  exports(5),  fstab(5),  group(5),  hosts(5), networks(5),
       passwd(5), printcap(5), protocols(5), rpc(5), services(5)

Apple Computer, Inc.           December 22, 1992                     NILOAD(8)