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NFT Reference Manual

NFT Command Dictionary

Links to subtopics in this section:
  • Command Syntax Advice

  • ABT (Abort Incomplete Jobs)

  • ASYNC (Run Jobs in Parallel)

  • BLOCK (Block or Delay Next Command)

  • CD (Change Working Directory)

  • CDUP (Change Working Directory Up)

  • CHGRP (Change Groups)

  • CHKROUTING (Report Routing Availability)

  • CHMOD (Change Permissions)

  • CHOWN (Change Owners)

  • CLOBBER (Enable File Overwriting)

  • CLOG (Close Log File)

  • CLOSE (Restore Remote Host)

  • CLR (Clear Completed Job Reports)

  • CP (Copy/Transfer Files)

  • DELETE (Remove Files)

  • DIR (List Directory Contents, Long)

  • DUALCOPY (Store Dual Copies of Files)

  • ENDGR (End Asynchronous Group)

  • GET (Retrieve Stored Files)

  • GROUP (Begin Asynchronous Group)

  • HELP (Describe NFT Commands)

  • LCD (Change Local Working Directory)

  • LN (Create a Link)

  • LOG (Open Log File)

  • LS (List Directory Contents, Short)

  • MKDIR (Make Directories)

  • NOCLOBBER (Disable File Overwriting)

  • NODUALCOPY (Undo Dual Copy)

  • NOROUTING (Disable Routing)

  • NOTERM (Disable Terminal Output)

  • OPEN (Change Remote Host)

  • PUT (Store Local Files)

  • PWD (Print Working Directory)

  • QUIT (Terminate NFT Client)

  • RENAME (Change File Name)

  • RMDIR (Remove Directories)

  • ROUTING (Use Login Node Jumbo Frames)

  • RPT (Report Job Status)

  • SESSION (Change NFT Sessions)

  • SETCOS (Change Storage Class of Service)

  • SOURCE (Use Command File)

  • STATUS (Report Environment Variables)

  • SYNC (Run Jobs in Series)

  • TERM (Enable Terminal Output)

  • TIME (Report Current Time)

  • VERBOSE (Control State-Change Reports)

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    Command Syntax Advice

    The other subsections of this command dictionary explain each of NFT's (over 40) interactive commands in alphabetical order. Comparisons and cross references indicate when several alphabetically scattered commands are closely related to each other in function.

    • See the much shorter Command Summary for a concise overview of NFT commands grouped by function instead of by name.
    • See the How To Run NFT section for instructions on how to start and operate the program.
    • See the Basic NFT Features section for length limits and special-character rules that apply within the NFT commands you use.

    NFT has several special syntactical features that affect how you can use its interactive commands:

    You can type all NFT commands in either lowercase or uppercase (e.g., status or STATUS). Of course, command suboptions (such as -R) remain case sensitive as is typical of UNIX software.

    When NFT's interactive commands have multiple, nonexclusive suboptions, you MUST concatenate all your chosen suboptions with a single hypen (-) sentinel, not flag each with its own sentinel as UNIX usually allows. Thus, for example, the correct form is

    dir -FPt

    While running NFT, you can use the exclamation mark (!) as an escape character (prefix) to execute any ordinary UNIX shell command. Thus typing LN executes NFT's own LN command (on the STORAGE system) but typing !LN executes the regular LN utility on the local (client) machine instead. Naturally, these !-escaped commands get no NFT job numbers and are not persistently executed by the NFT server.

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