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NILOAD(8)							     NILOAD(8)

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

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

DESCRIPTION
       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.

OPTIONS
       -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
	      created.

EXAMPLES
       “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.

SEE ALSO
       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)
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