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Chapter 24. User Management and Machine ... > Command-Line Administration Tools

Command-Line Administration Tools

There are a number of command-line tools that are of assistance in the configuration and maintenance of user accounts. Some of these have functionality duplicated in graphical tools and some do not. For truly sophisticated user management, we again suggest looking to Mac OS X Server because it provides tools that are considerably more powerful.

NetInfo Utilities

The nidump, niutil, and niload commands are particularly useful for user account creation and deletion. It's also a good idea to be familiar with the tar command for backing up NetInfo databases. The command documentation table for each of the NetInfo- specific commands is provided in the previous chapter. tar is documented in Chapter 12. We wouldn't be surprised if someone creates a graphical tool that scripts the sort of account maintenance that has been shown in this chapter, and makes it available on the Net. If we managed to pique your interest in shell programming in the earlier chapters, this would be an ideal problem to attack as a learning experience. Because NetInfo is so vital to the operation of the machine, we recommend that you verify, by using print statements, that the scripts you create output exactly what you want—before you turn them loose on the NetInfo database.


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