Frequently Asked Questions about the HW server
- When I connect using Windows' Network Neighborhood, I can't always make things work. Windows does not fully implement the ftp protocol used by this server. We recommend that you use an FTP program like FTP Commander, or Dreamweaver. Or use Microsoft Internet Explorer and go to ftp://email@example.com.
- How can I handle multiple classes on this server? Create a directory (folder) for each of them as specified in your class syllabus. It will probably be something like "CPTE110" or "JOUR242". Your teacher can navigate into these. If this is a web class, create an index.htm file in each directory that is a guide to what you have available for grading.
- What is the URL of my website? http://hw.cs.southern.edu/yourusername
- I checked out my pages on my PC, and they worked fine. Now when I upload to the HW server some links don't work and/or some pictures don't show. Why is this?
- You did not capitalize the names properly.
- You did not upload all the pieces of your project.
- My project worked fine for me, but my teacher says I have missing pictures and/or broken links. How could this be? If you use FTP to access your site, you'll get results as if you were looking at it on your own computer. See the previous question for how this will give different results. Always check your projects on the server using http!
- How do I get a password for this server? You authenticate yourself by entering your email username and password, and enter the password you would like to use on this server. You are not allowed to use your email password on this server.
- Why no SSL? So far, we haven't found a formula that both encrypts data transfers and protects students from each other. We'd be delighted to see one. The problem is that SSL ftp servers don't honor the CHROOT configuration.
- May I have shell access to the server (please)? No, and thanks for asking nicely.
- I just don't seem to be able to get logged on using FTP Commander - it takes me back to the list of servers.
- Sometimes this is caused by inconsistent capitalization of your username. Always use lower-case letters for the entire username.
John Beckett - jbeckett at southern dot e d u .