This document was updated to reflect the system during Spring 2016.
We need you, the users, to report to us, the system administrators, any bugs you find with any lab image. If you don't report a bug, it won't get fixed. Simply drop by 1140 of the Talmage building or submit a ticket at ticket.cs.byu.edu and include a thorough description of the problem, and we'll do whatever we can to fix it. Please provide instructions to reproduce the problem. We want all of our machines to work, and work well, so please help us so we can get any bugs fixed in the system.
Students who set a password last in Summer 2016 will soon receive messages telling them that their password is expiring. You can set a new password either on the kiosk at 1140 TMCB or by going to https://accounts.cs.byu.edu.
The new monitors for the Open Labs have arrived! We will be installing them in various labs in the basement first. The upstairs labs will still use the old monitors, but will have two of them per seat. Eventually we will also have monitors in the laptop spaces as well.
We realize that it may be frustrating when creating a password, but our requirement help to protect your account, your files, and our servers from attackers. We enforce strictly secure passwords. Every password must be at least 8 characters long and include characters from 3 out of the following 4 categories:
To increase the security of the system we've changed the default permissions of files and directories you create. They will now be created with the Unix permissions of 600 for files and 700 for directories. There are a few issues you need to be aware of. Please note, these tips are for Linux only.
The default permissions are too strict for files that go into your public_html directory. If you want a file to be accessible for you web-page, open up a terminal and do the following:
cd public_html find . -type d | xargs chmod a+rx find . | xargs chmod a+r
That should fix your permission problems, and your student web-page should be viewable.
Do NOT under ANY circumstance change your public_html permissions to 777. This seems to be a possible hitch that has allowed some attacks on student web pages. Don't let it happen to your account.
We enforce the CS account time to live policy. In other words, your account will be disabled and deleted according to a standard schedule.