Web and file services
Update January 2012
Jefferson Lab has a new system for storing user-generated web content that is accessible from off-site. You can now post directly to your public_html using sFTP - the URL is firstname.lastname@example.org/userweb/username/public_html. However, if you haven't done so, you first must submit a request for such a web presence:
Go to the cc webpage, then log in (use the login link at top right, and enter your CUE credentials) and read the information under "JLab User Web Pages". You will have to submit a request (online form) that will have to be signed off on by your JLab sponsor and an IT individual (the process is mostly automated, but takes time). Once you have been given space, you will be able to post files in a new directory structure (userweb/YourName/public_html) and they will then be visible under https://userweb.jlab.org/~YourName. Mark Ito has set up a wiki page with more detailed instructions.
While this procedure causes significant extra work, at least it allows you to resurrect an existing web directory structure from your old public_html. Please send email to Mark Ito or myself (-> see below) to give us feedback, comments etc. for this new scheme. Be careful not to copy doubtful or unneeded files to the new directory.
Update August 4, 2011
As most of you have experienced, numerous JLab computer services (including web pages, file transfers, remote login etc.) have been seriously affected by the "cyber event" since the beginning of July. Many services have now been restored. Below we collect some information we are aware of that may help users with their immediate computing needs and also give them some idea of what to expect. Please email your UGBoD representatives (Mark Ito for computing, or Sebastian Kuhn - see UGBoD Contact Information) if you have suggestions, comments or questions. Please also check out Ongoing Polls.
Please contact the Help Desk: email@example.com, 269 7155. (Don't hold off in the hopes that "surely someone will have noticed and fix this"). If your problem has to do with missing or inappropriate website content, you can also cc Public Affairs (Dean Golembeski, deang (at) jlab.org)
Status update by Roy Whitney as of July 29:
Roy Whitney sent out a status update in an email to the list "firstname.lastname@example.org" last Friday which contains a lot of information that might be useful. You can find that email at the usual mailing list archive at https://mailman.jlab.org/pipermail/all_jlab_accounts/ .
The functionality of "public_html" (where anything put in your CUE directory "username/public_html" would be available on the web under www.jlab.org/~username) will not be restored to the same status as before. For various reasons, the lab wants to make sure that all users scrutinize the existing files in these directories before making them available to the WWW again. This will be accomplished by setting up a new directory structure on a server to be named "userweb.jlab.org". All users will have to move their own files to the new structure to make them "visible" again. See Update August 31 above.
If you encounter problems with "untrusted certificates" and the like, please take a look at https://cc.jlab.org/index.php?q=JLabCAs/
Note that you can access all of your favorite JLab websites (including the "old" main page) by doing the following:
- ssh to login.jlab.org [need username and password; enable X11 forwarding]
- ssh to jlabl1 [need username and password; enable X11 forwarding]
- type "firefox" and go to http://www.jlab.org/
Some of the functionality of the "old" (pre-cyber event) Jlab website has been restored to a temporary address, wwwold.jlab.org . Many important services are still unavailable from the outside, e.g. MIS searches etc. - see above for a way to do those (you can also use "staff" on any JLab computer to find staff member info).
Here are some instructions on how to use BBFTP to move files from jlab to your computer - given without guarantee:
"bbftp is a lot faster that scp since it does not encrypt the data (only the password) and it uses more ports
- Install the client bbftp on your computer. It exists for both mac and linux -> http://doc.in2p3.fr/bbftp/
- Issue the command bbftp -m -p 5 -i input.txt -u YourUserName bbftp.jlab.org where input.txt contains a list of the files and has the following syntax: mget File Destination