CSC128: Introduction to Linux
Using Linux for the first time
Location of the machines:
The main server's name that we all have our accounts on is remy.parkland.edu, also known as
remy.parkland.edu/~smauney which is where
your web site is also located (more about this later in the semester).
The machine that we will be working on, remy.parkland.edu, can only be accessed using a secure connection using putty and port
22. If you have a MAC you use terminal and type: ssh
remy.parkland.edu and login using the MAC terminal.
If you want to transfer files to your account you can download and install
WinSCP which also uses the secure port 22.
Change your Password
You will either use the telnet or ssh program to log in to the lab
if you are logging into the class machines remotely, or if you are in
the class at a terminal console you will type your username and your password in the spaces provided.
Your username is typically your first initial and last name. You should have received your username from Parkland along with your confirmation that you are signed up with the class.
Password, Your password on remy.parkland.edu has been sent to your
Parkland e-mail. If you do not know how to check it you can have me re-set your
What if I make a mistake?
It is imperitave that everyone change their password the first time they log in. To change your password type you must connect to remy.parkland.edu . Once on remy type passwd, at this time the passwd utility
will ask you to enter your OLD password and then press enter. You will then
type your NEW password, press enter; and, then re-type your NEW password
pressing enter after you re-type it.
You should choose a password that has upper and lower case as well as numbers and special characters in it so that
your account cannot be broken into by running a computerized dictionary
against your user name in an effort to break into your account. You should
never share your password with anyone, even the instructor. You always
press enter to send a command to the system. With the shell we are using (bash)
you can always push the backspace arrow or the back arrow to edit the command
line before pressing enter. This is a big advance over older shells that
did not allow you to edit the line that you were working on.
Often when working at the command line
you type something and the shell cannot interpret it correctly and 'hangs';
to fix this situation you need to interrupt the execution of the program
by sending the hung process a 'interrupt execution' signal. This is done
by sending a ^c to the process (that's control-c) which is done by holding
the control key down and hitting c at the same time. The ctrl-c should return
your shell to interactive mode.
Unix has several ways to allow the user, whether a beginner or real expert, to find help on nearly every subject/utility etc.
in the Unix system. The most common method of finding help about something
is to access the man (manual) pages for a particular utility. For instance, someone wanting to find out how to use the ls command would issue the command man ls and the manual page for the ls command would come up. To page through the man pages the user will hit the spacebar, to quit the man page before reaching the end you would hit the q key which would return you to an
interactive shell prompt.
If you do not know what command you are looking for you need to issue the
apropos command. For instance apropos list will show you all
the Unix utilities and other constructs with the word list in their database. See Appendix B.1 for a more complete listing of how to find help using Unix.