Modify the machine description

The information that the Machines option of the Configure menu stores describes the characteristics of a specific computer. The High-Performance Loader (HPL) uses these characteristics to control the conversion of binary data formats. Unless you are converting binary data, you do not need to be concerned about the machine description.

When you first start ipload, ipload stores the characteristics of several computers. You can select one of the existing computer types, modify an existing description, or create a machine description.

You use the information from the Machines window when you prepare the defaults for the database servers on your network. The information from the Machines window is stored in the machines table of the onpload database. The default information for the HPL includes descriptions of the binary data sizes for several computers. If the default data does not include the computer from which you are reading data, you can create a description for that computer.

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