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12.3. NetInfo Concepts

Mac OS X keeps all its administrative information in NetInfo. Understanding how NetInfo works is important to performing all but the most basic administrative tasks in Mac OS X.

Every Mac OS X machine, whether a solitary home computer or part of a local network, has access to a NetInfo database. NetInfo functions as a directory service. Processes running on your Mac can query NetInfo for information about the machine's users, printers, network services, mounted filesystems, and so on. Processes owned by users with administrative credentials can also modify NetInfo.


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