Computer Science Lab FAQ
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Additional detailed information concerning operations in the labs can be found via the Computer Science Lab Manual.
Linux questions and answers:
- How do I change my password in the lab?
- Use "kpasswd" in a command window.
- How do I log in to the lab remotely?
- We have turned off telnet and ftp access to the lab to increase security. You need to use ssh and scp or sftp instead, which protects your password. Mac OS X and Linux include these programs; free and commercial versions of ssh, scp and sftp are available for Windows. If you have a standalone ssh program, you can connect to any of the lab machines from campus, not just the one named "math". If you are off-campus you can only ssh to math.whitman.edu. A good ssh program for windows is PuTTY, and a good sftp/scp program is WinSCP.
- How do I copy a file from my lab account to my personal computer and vice versa?
- You'll either need to use an sftp application, such as WinSCP (Windows), FileZilla (Windows, Mac, Linux) or Cyberduck (Win, Mac, Linux) or use the scp command in a terminal. Then you may copy files to and from your account by connecting to math.whitman.edu. See the Computer Science Lab Manual for more detailed instructions.