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NFDUMP(8)										NFDUMP(8)

NAME
       nfdump, nfload - notesfile dump/load programs

SYNOPSIS
       nfdump notesfile

       nfload [ -Ddirectory ] notesfile

DESCRIPTION
       Nfdump and nfload are used to convert notesfile data base formats.

       Nfdump  converts the specified notesfile to a portable ASCII format and writes it to stan-
       dard output.  Some diagnostics are produced on stderr.  Nfdump can be  run  by  any  user;
       access to a particular notesfile is governed by that notesfile's access list.

       Nfload  is used on the output from nfdump to create a new notesfile.  The -D option speci-
       fies an alternate base directory for the notesfile.   If  unspecified,  this  defaults  to
       ``/usr/spool/notes''.   Nfload  reads  standard	input for the ASCII representation of the
       notesfile.

       Typical use of these two programs occurs when converting an existing notesfile  data  base
       to  a  new format.  The nfdump program should be compiled with the older structure defini-
       tions while nfload is compiled with the newer structures.  The data base can then be  con-
       verted with a shell script of the following nature:

	    mkdir .OLD
	    mv * .OLD
	    for i in `ls .OLD`
	    do
		 echo $i start
		 nfdump $i | nfload -D/usr/spool/newnotes $i
	    done
		 echo $i done
	    echo ALL DONE
	    rm -rf .OLD

       This assumes that the old data base is in ``/usr/spool/notes'' and the new data base is to
       be placed in ``/usr/spool/newnotes''.  After the conversion is complete, one can move  the
       old  data base from ``/usr/spool/notes'' to ``/usr/spool/oldformat'' and the new data base
       from ``/usr/spool/newnotes'' to ``/usr/spool/notes''.

FILES
SEE ALSO
       notes(1),
       The Notesfile Reference Manual

AUTHORS
       Ray Essick (uiucdcs!essick, essick%uiuc@csnet-relay.arpa)
       Department of Computer Science
       University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
       Urbana, IL

       Rob Kolstad (kolstad@convex.UUCP)
       CONVEX Computer Corporation
       Richardson, TX

				      University of Illinois				NFDUMP(8)
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