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Using NetInfo Manager

The Accounts pane is intended to be a simple interface to the user accounts of the system and doesn't provide access to more complex aspects of users' accounts nor to more sophisticated configuration options. For this, you need to use NetInfo Manager. The principles behind the use of NetInfo Manager are very Unix-like, but the NetInfo database itself is unfamiliar to most traditional Unix users. NetInfo is a vestige of Mac OS X's NeXTStep heritage that has been integrated into the more traditional Unix underpinnings of Mac OS X because it's a considerably more powerful information sharing system than its traditional Unix counterparts. The NetInfo database is a hierarchical database that stores information on your machine's configuration and resources.

The NetInfo hierarchy is composed of directories. Each directory has properties. Each property has a name and value. The main directory on a given machine is the root directory, represented by /. Each machine has a local database with information about the machine's local resources.


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