Remotely log into the i6 web server

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This document contains instructions for remotely logging in to the i6.cims.nyu.edu web server from either PC or Mac.


Assumptions

You will need the following in order to proceed:

UNIX/Linux command shell

The instructions here assume that users have a UNIX-like command shell program installed on their machines. Find out which programs offer UNIX-like command shells on Windows and Mac

Credentials

The credentials you will need in order to remotely log in to your i6 account:

  • hostname: i6.cims.nyu.edu
  • username: the username that the NYU CIMS Helpdesk people have sent you
  • password: the password that the NYU CIMS Helpdesk people have sent you

Important paths

You will need to understand the following paths in order to effectively publish web pages to this account:

Account home directory

Your personal home folder on the i6 server

  • every user of a UNIX system has a unique account home directory
  • only users who are logged-in to the UNIX server can see this directory
  • insert your i6 username into the following path:
/home/username 


Web root directory

The public_html sub-folder within your account home directory

  • all files placed into this folder will be visible to the public through the web
  • only users who are logged-in to the UNIX server can see the name of this directory
~/public_html

The above is a shortcut to the following full path:

/home/username/public_html

Web page URL

This is the URL at which the public will be able to view the contents of your web root directory from a web browser

  • this URL is a public address
  • point your web browser to this address and you will see your files in your web root folder
  • insert your i6 username into the following URL:
https://i6.cims.nyu.edu/~username

How to log in

  • Run whichever UNIX-like command shell program you have chosen (See above for a link to view your options).
  • At the command line, type in the following, with your i6 username plugged in:
ssh -l username i6.cims.nyu.edu
  • Enter your i6 account password, when prompted
  • You are now logged in to your account home directory mentioned above

How to use a UNIX or Linux system

Now that you are logged in, you are ready to get to work. If you're not familiar with the UNIX operating system, perhaps now is the time to learn how to use a UNIX or Linux file system.