Meteorology Computer System FAQ's

  1. What do I do if I have a meteorology computer related problem or question?
  2. What is my meteorology email address?
  3. How do I check my meteorology email?
  4. How do I forward my meteorology email?
  5. How does Samba/Windows XP work?
  6. How do I change my password?
  7. Must I log onto the METR domain?
  8. Where can I find UNIX help?
  9. What is a quota system?
  10. How does the quota system work and where are my files really located?
  11. But where should I keep my files?
  12. How can I tell how much disk space I've used?
  13. How will I know if Im over my quota?
  14. What do I do if I'm over my quota?
  15. I want to run SSH from home or another computer?
  16. I want to transfer files to my local machine or upload files to the server?
  17. I get an error or I'm unable to upload files to metsun1 using SSH.
  18. I want to SSH to another unix machine from metsun1?
  19. I want to transfer files from one unix machine to another?
  20. How do I print a file from Metsun1?
  21. I want to run Xwindows from home?
  22. How do I access the AMS Online Journals
  23. How do I burn a CD or DVD from the 614 lab computers?

Important!! Log off every time after using Windows XP


What do I do if I have a computer related problem or question?

First, read through the FAQ's posted to this page. If none of these solve your problem or answer your question, send an email to voss@met.sjsu.edu and provide a brief description of the problem. If you are unable to send an email, call 924-5204 and leave a message describing your problem.

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What is my email address?

Everyone associated with the Meteorology Department can be reached at "lastname@met.sjsu.edu". This is true even if your username for the computer system does not match your last name exactly. The only exception to this rule is if we have two people with the same last name, in this case their first initial will be needed in front of their last name.

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How do I check my metsun1 email?

The easiest way to check your email is to use webmail. It can be reached at https://www.met.sjsu.edu/email (hit yes when it nags you about accepting the certificate) Also Note: The password you enter here is your UNIX password, not your samba password if they are different.

Note: webmail can also be reached at http://www.met.sjsu.edu/email but this is less secure.

You can also use any standard mail reader such as Outlook, Eudora, Netscape Mail, etc. Set the incoming mail server to "www.met.sjsu.edu". Set the outgoing mail server (SMTP) to whatever is appropriate for your location. If you are anywhere on campus, including in Meteorology, use smtp.sjsu.edu for your SMTP server.

You can also use PINE, this is a built in mail program for UNIX. When logged onto metsun1 just enter: "pine" and the pine program will start. Check the Pine Website for information on how to use pine, or ask another student or Mr. Voss.

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How do I forward my email?

You can forward mail by placing a file named ".forward" in your home directory. Inside this ".forward" file is the address where you want your mail forwarded. You can also instruct the mail program to leave a copy of your mail locally in addition to forwarding.

Example: The following entry in "~smith/.forward" would leave a copy of mail locally in smith's inbox, and forward a copy to smith@hotmail.com.

\smith,smith@hotmail.com

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How does Samba/Windows XP work?

When logging into a PC the user has the option to log into the local machine or into the METR domain. Generally the meteorology user will log into the METR domain using their metsun1 username and SAMBA password. You may also log into the local machine with the generic "dilbert" username, but now you must supply "#######" (ask voss@met.sjsu.edufor a password).

The first time you log in a profile will be created for you which actually resides on metsun1. This is known as a roaming profile. This means you can change your background wallpaper, bookmarks, etc and then they will be available from whichever machine you log in from next.

In addition, when you login a drive "J:" will be mounted on the local machine, which is really your home directory on metsun1. This enables you to access your metsun1 files will ease from any machine. You are expected to keep any files in this location, not on the Desktop or in My Docs.

Important!! Log off every time after using Windows XP

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How do I change my password?

To change your SAMBA/Windows XP password you have 2 options: 1) After logging into the PC with your initial password, type CTRL-ALT-DELETE and it will prompt you for several options, click on change password and follow the directions. OR 2) From a metsun1 login prompt you can type "smbpasswd" and you will be prompted to change your SAMBA password.

To change your metsun1 password, use the "passwd" command from a UNIX prompt and follow the directions.

(The UNIX password is the one that is used when you access your webmail, or log into metsun1 using SSH)

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Must I log onto the METR domain?

No, you may log onto any machine (locally) with the username ####### and the password ####### (ask voss@met.sjsu.edu). This will allow general Internet access. Keep in mind though that your profile information will only be stored locally on that computer and will not be available from another computer.

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Where can I find Unix help?

UNIXhelp for Users

UNIX Tutorial for Beginners

These and many other web sites out there can provide help.

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What is a quota system?

In order to provide a stable computer system for all users, it is necessary to have a disk quota system. A disk quota system is employed to limit the amount of disk space any one individual takes in order to prevent the disks from filling up so no one can use them.

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How does the quota system work and where are my files really located?

  • - Your metsun1 files are located /home/username (this is the J drive when you log into the METR domain from windows)
  • - Your profile is located in /home/profiles/username (this is My Documents folder on the PC when you log into the METR domain from windows)
  • - Your mail inbox is located in /var/spool/mail/username
  • - update on quota system will come later

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But where SHOULD I KEEP MY FILES?

The best place to keep your files is on the "J:" drive. This way they will be easily accessible from Samba or SSH, and doing so will keep your profile small.

Do not keep much, if anything, in My Documents!

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How can I tell how much disk space I've used?

(will be updated)

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How will I know if I'm over my quota?

  • If your inbox is full, you will get a message when you log into metsun1 that says you are over your soft limit. You will not know if your over your hard limit, you just won't get the mail that someone sends you.
  • If your home directory is over the soft limit you will get a warning when logging into metsun1 stating how far over the limit you are and how much time you have to fix the problem. If you are over your hard limit, you will not be able to write files to your home directory at all.
  • If your profile is too large, then when you log off from Windows XP there will be a message that says not enough disk space.

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What do I do if I'm over my quota?

  • You must reduce the number of files you have on metsun1.
  • If your mail inbox is full, you need to save or delete messages in your inbox. Be sure you have "do not leave messages on server" checked in your POP mail program.
  • If your home directory is full, simply remove some files with the "rm" command.
  • If your profile is full, and you'll know this if you are unabe to obtain your profile when logging on to a Win XP machine, then you will need to remove files in /export/home/profiles/user/MyDocuments on metsun1.Use SSH to log into metsun1 and change to the /export/home/profiles/user/MyDocuments directory and remove files. E-mail the System Administrator voss@met.sjsu.edu if your quota does not reset.

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I want to run SSH from home or another computer?

You need to get the SSH client and install it on your home computer. You can download the SSH client from the meteorology website.

If you are connecting from outside the department, then you need to enter the full computer name of metsun1.met.sjsu.edu to get to our server.

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I want to transfer files to my local machine or upload files to the server?

If you are working locally in the Meteorology dept. and logged onto the METR domain, you can simply access the J: drive as a normal windows file.

If you are at home, or not logged into the METR domain, then log onto a server via SSH (see above). Click on the folder icon, this initiates a file transfer window. Navigate to the file you want to download and right click. If you want to upload, then go to "operation" in the file transfer window menu and then go to "upload". It will then prompt you to find the file on the local machine you want to upload.

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I get an error or I'm unable to upload files to metsun1 using SSH?

(will be updated)

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I want to ssh to another unix machine from metsun1?

From the command prompt enter "ssh -l username machinename". Example, if user smith wanted to ssh into methost5 she would first log into metsun1 then enter: "ssh -l smith methost5".

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I want to transfer files from one unix machine to another?

I want to transfer files from one unix machine to another? From the command prompt enter: "sftp username@machinename". Example, if user smith wanted to sftp into methost5 she would first log into metsun1 then enter: "sftp smith@methost5". Then follow standard ftp commands.

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How do I print a file from Metsun1?

The command "lp filename" will print the file named "filename."

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I want to run Xwindows from home?

Our license is only good for our local domain and will not work at your location. You can download an evaluation copy of the software we use from the StarNet website. Or, you can use one of the many other versions of XWindows software available. Keep in mind that using XWindows from home will not work as well as it does when you are here in the Department, but it may work well enough to run xemacs for example.

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How do I access the AMS Online Journals?

Go to http://ams.allenpress.com/amsonline/?request=index-html. You can then either search the journals or browse the journals directly. Remember we only have access to the full text for 2003, 2002, and 1996 and prior years. So we are missing access to 1997 through 2001. We do have access to BAMS for all years, however.

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How do I burn a CD/DVD from Windows XP on one of the lab computers?

Insert a blank disk into the CD/DVD drive. The Nero software should start automatically. If it doesn't, click "Nero StartSmart" on the desktop. Select the appropriate option in the CD/DVD tab at the top of the main menu. Mouse-over the different icons for burning options and follow the instructions on the screen.

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San Jose State University Department of Meteorology, Duncan Hall 620
Phone: 408.924.5200 Email: meteorology@sjsu.edu