Notes for users transitioning from the CAL sun network

Logging in from the sun network

To log on to a CAL shell server from one of the suns, you will need to first log into pluto.astro.columbia.edu using a "regular" ssh connection (the key-based ssh connection does not currently work on the suns because the sun ssh library is out of date). This should place you directly in to your home directory on the new system.

Using email

As of Aug 1, 2006, users of the sun "mail" command will need to switch to a more modern email client. On the suns, the recommended client is netscape7, which can do the SSL-based IMAP required to talk with the mail server. To configure email, launch the netscape7 client and create a new email account. You will need to specify that you want an IMAP based method for incoming mail with a server name of mail.astro.columbia.edu and a SMTP based outgoing mail with a server name of smtp.astro.columbia.edu. By default, netscape7 does not use SSL, which is required, so you will need to modify the account settings and specify SSL for both incoming (port 993 but this should be already specified) and out going mail (port 25, again already specified). This can be done at any time, but mail on the new system will not be activiated until Aug 1, 2006.

Note that on Aug 1, your current inbox will NOT be copied over to the new system by default. However, you can also configure a second account to access your old INBOX on the sun IMAP server jewels.phys.columbia.edu (in fact you can do this before Aug 1). This should allow you to copy over your old INBOX from jewels to the new mail server. You can also place folders with saved mail on the new system as well.

The other alternative is to use web mail, which can be accessed from any browser by pointing it to mail.astro.columbia.edu.

Tranfer of Home directory files and Data from Suns to CAL Network

A simple way of transferring data from the Suns to your new CW (or to your home directory via your login terminal) is to use the scp command as follows:

First create a directory within your home directory (or local /scratch directory) on your local computer or from the logged in terminal. cd into the directory and issue the following command:

             scp -rv username@xxx.phys.columbia.edu:~/* .