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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  direc-
       tory.  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 preserved in the database
	      if they are not present in the input.  For example, if a user record  has  a  "pic-
	      ture"  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, "trotter/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  specifies  properties  (including  "name")	at its topmost level, the
	      directory you specify may be renamed as a result of this operation.  If the  direc-
	      tory 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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