Mac OS X gives you many ways to modify the information inside NetInfo.
This application, which you can find under
/Applications/Utilities, provides a bare-bones
view into the machine’s NetInfo database, displaying
raw administrative information of directories full of key-value pairs
without much in the way of documentation or explanation. Any user can
run this application to browse the database, but only members of its
admin group can make modifications to it.
See Section 12.4.2, later, for more about using this application.
Apple provides a suite of command-line utilities for working with NetInfo. You can use them interactively from the Terminal, or you can write Perl or shell scripts that invokes them and works with their plain-text output.
Several of the standard System Preference panes act as friendly interfaces to very specific sections of the NetInfo database. For example, the Login pane allows a user to modify his own account information as recorded in NetInfo. The Users pane lets an authenticated administrator similarly modify all the machine’s user accounts.
However, any changes made through them could also be made by using
NetInfo Manager to directly manipulate the
The panes simply provide friendly interfaces.
Apple’s Server Admin application provides another interactive view into NetInfo, which is similar to System Preferences except it is aimed specifically ...