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Name

niutil

Synopsis

niutil command [-T timeout] [(-p|-P password)]
[-u user] [-R] [-t] arguments
                  

Use niutil to modify entries in the NetInfo database. You can manipulate directories and properties with niutil.

Options

-T timeout

Specifies a timeout in seconds.

-p

Prompts for a password. You can use this instead of prefixing the command with sudo.

-P password

Uses the specified password.

-u user

Uses the specified user’s identity when running the command. You’ll be prompted for a password.

-R

Retries the operation if the NetInfo server is busy.

-t

Treats the domain as a tagged domain, which includes a machine name and a tagged NetInfo database.

Commands and arguments

niutil -create options domain path

Creates a NetInfo directory specified by path. For example, the first step in creating a user is to create their directory with niutil -create . /users/username.

niutil -destroy options domain path

Destroys the specified path and all its contents.

niutil -createprop options domain path propkey [ val ...]

Creates a property (specified by propkey) under the NetInfo directory specified by path. You can create a list by specifying multiple values.

niutil -appendprop options domain path propkey val...

Appends a value to an existing property. The property is created if it does not already exist.

niutil -mergeprop options domain path propkey val...

This is like -appendprop, but if the value already exists, it is not added.

niutil -insertval options domain path propkey val index

This ...

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