- What are the rules around here?
The basic rules can be found here.
- What resources are available to me?
We have a lot of stuff already available for you to use but if
something you are looking for is not on
this list please let us know.
We can install most any tool or service (within reason) that you
would like to use.
- How do I connect?
- How do I transfer files to the server?
Due to a change in our security policy the only way to transfer
files to the server is via scp. scp is included in almost all
Unix ssh distrobutions. If you're a Windows/Mac user you can find a
Windows SCP Client (PSCP)
Windows GUI SCP
MacOS X GUI SCP client
SSH also supports the "sftp" program. If you're a unix user that is
using either the ssh.com or OpenSSH versions of ssh, you should be
able to use this to transfer files.
- How do I change my password?
When you login to the server (via ssh or other means) you can run
the command: passwd. Here is what a sample session
might look like:
(bob@toxic) $ passwd
Changing local password for bob.
Old password: (type old password)
New password: (type new password)
Retype new password: (retype new password)
passwd: updating the database...
This command will change the password for everything that you do on
- How much disk space can I use?
Currently we do not have any restrictions on disk usage. We
do monitor disk usage though. You will be notified if there
is a problem. Please email us if you have a project or something
that you think is going to take up a lot of space and we will
let you know if it's ok or not.
- Can I get mail here? How do I get it?
Yes you can recieve mail here. Your address is
email@example.com. Most people read their email in the
shell with programs like
Mutt but you can also get your
mail with a standard IMAP client like Netscape Mail or MS Outlook as
long as your client supports Secure IMAP (IMAPS)
Incoming Mail Settings:
|IMAP Server: ||mail.magnesium.net|
|Use SSL: ||YES|
|Use Secure Authentication: ||NO|
|IMAP Server Directory: ||mail/|
- Can I use magnesium.net as my outgoing mail server?
As long as your mail client supports authenticated outgoing mail
(SMTP-AUTH) and the use of encryption for outgoing mail connections
(SSL/TLS) you can use magnesium.net as your outgoing server. Most
clients support this.
Outgoing Mail Settings:
|Outgoing Server: ||mail.magnesium.net|
|Use SSL: ||YES|
|Use Authentication: ||YES|
- What about webmail?
- Can I run a service (listening on a tcp/udp port)?
It depends. If the service relates in any way to IRC, probably not.
However, if you are developing an open source application that needs to
listen on a TCP/UDP port, we may allow it. If your service falls into this
category, send an email to us
describing your project in
full detail before starting any listener. If we feel that the service
you want to run meets with our security requirements, we will notify you by
- How do I edit files in the shell?
There are several editors installed for your use. If the
editor you like is not on our
resources page let us know and we can
install it for you.
The easiest editor for the newbie to use is pico. Just type
in pico filename at your shell prompt to edit a file called
We also have vi, vim, emacs, joe, etc...