Math Research Support Guide
Honors and Recognition
Electronic Teaching Materials
- Secure Connections
- Math Email
- Vacation Autoreply
- Dartmouth Secure Wi-Fi
Your Linux distribution should have OpenSSH prepackaged and, quite likely,
already installed. This should make
scp availabe on the
command line. You may also want to check rsync, which is a command line utility
to copy or synchronize entire directory trees, while transferring only the difference in file contents.
Filezilla is a GUI program for both SSH File Transfer or SFTP.
Install using your distribution's software manager or download from filezilla-project.org.
Lauch the program, choose File > Site Manager > New Site. Configure SFTP connection to
Servertype: SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol
Logontype: Ask for password
User: your username on gauss
Click OK to save configuration or Connect to save and connect at once.
In 2009 Dartmouth switched to Juniper VPN. It works fine on 32-bit Linux. It does not work on 64-bit systems (Sep. 2012). Dartmouth VPN can be started at gateway.dartmouth.edu. It uses web browser's Java applet to download and run VPN client. (Test your browser's Java here.)
Math VPN uses OpenVPN technology.
- Install OpenVPN and Network Manager's component for OpenVPN.
(openvpn, network-manager-openvpn packages in Debian/Ubuntu).
- Download DigiCert root certificate.
- Add Math VPN connection in Network Manager:
- VPN Connections → Configure VPN.
- Add → OpenVPN → Create....
- Connection name: Math VPN.
- Gateway: 126.96.36.199.
- Authentication Type: Password.
- User name: your Math username
- Password: choose Always Ask
- CA Certificate: point to downloaded DigiCert certificate
- To connect click on Network Manager's applet, VPN Connections → Math VPN.
- To disconnect use Disconnect VPN in the same applet.
Math Email (and the DND)
If you have Math Dept. user account (also known as “gauss” account), you also have a corresponding email account.
Your Math email arrives at (and can be sent from)
math.dartmouth.edu server. It can be accessed
instantly and globally via Webmail — this does not require any configuration! As for email applications, all of them, including mobile,
can be configured to use your Math account using these generic settings:
- Mail server type: IMAP
- Incoming server: math.dartmouth.edu, port: 143
- Connection type/encryption: TLS
- Username: your Math username
- Password: for the username above
- Outgoing/SMTP server: math.dartmouth.edu, port: 25
Darmouth Name Directory lookups in Thunderbird
Edit → Preferences →
Click Edit Directories, Add:
General tab:Back in the Preferences window select “Dartmouth Directory” for Directory Server.
Name: Dartmouth Directory
Base DN: dc=dartmouth, dc=edu
Port number: 389
Autoreply message text for your Math mail is in
.vacation.msg in your home directory
Autoreply is enabled by uncommenting the following two lines in
#:0c #|/usr/bin/vacation usernameTo stop autoreply, comment both lines out again, by inserting
#as the first character on each line.
.procmailrc can be edited with any text editor while on
terminal or with a variety of GUI tools from Linux desktop,
for example, Filezilla, Nautilus, Dolphin etc.
BackupsYour workstation can be backed up to Math Dept. network storage. Contact email@example.com for assistance.
Math Dept. network printers
are used via printing service CUPS running on
With CUPS browsing enabled all Math printers should be automatically available, if your Linux
machine is connected to Kemeny Hall wired network. Drivers are already installed on print server — there is no need
for individual printer configuration on a client.
CUPS browsing can be enabled by from http://localhost:631:
Administration: Server Settings: enable Show printers shared by other systems.
Similar setting is likely available in system preferences/settings menu in Gnome, KDE, XFCE etc.
Alternatively, CUPS browsing can be enabled by editing
/etc/cups/cupsd.conf and setting:
Browsing onTo limit the list of available printers to those served by gauss (i.e. Math printers only) set
BrowseAllow 188.8.131.52To access Math printers from Dartmouth Secure Wi-Fi add
BrowsePoll 184.108.40.206Restart CUPS for changes to take effect:
'service cups restart'.
Check for available printers:
HTCondor is available as standard distribution packages in Debian, Fedora and Ubuntu:
apt-get install htcondoror
yum install condorAdjust local configuration file
CONDOR_HOST=math.dartmouth.edu DAEMON_LIST=MASTER, SCHEDDStart HTCondor:
service condor restartCheck communication with the pool:
condor_statusThe response should be similar to this:
Name OpSys Arch State Activity LoadAv Mem ActvtyTime firstname.lastname@example.org LINUX X86_64 Owner Idle 0.690 2013 0+19:15:14 email@example.com LINUX X86_64 Unclaimed Idle 0.000 2013 0+00:55:06 firstname.lastname@example.org LINUX X86_64 Unclaimed Idle 0.000 2013 0+04:15:12 email@example.com LINUX X86_64 Unclaimed Idle 0.000 2013 5+06:56:18 firstname.lastname@example.org LINUX X86_64 Unclaimed Idle 0.000 2013 6+06:56:27 email@example.com LINUX X86_64 Unclaimed Idle 0.000 2013 14+03:13:18 firstname.lastname@example.org LINUX X86_64 Unclaimed Idle 0.000 2013 35+00:27:45 email@example.com LINUX X86_64 Unclaimed Idle 0.000 2013 35+00:27:38 firstname.lastname@example.org LINUX X86_64 Unclaimed Idle 0.000 5373 0+00:25:05 email@example.com LINUX X86_64 Unclaimed Idle 0.000 5373 0+00:25:06 firstname.lastname@example.org LINUX X86_64 Unclaimed Idle 0.000 5373 0+00:25:07 email@example.com LINUX X86_64 Unclaimed Idle 0.000 5373 0+00:25:08 ... ... ...If firewall is in use, configure HTCondor to use port range of 9600-9700 and then open firewall for incoming and outgoing TCP and UDP in that port range. Add to
LOWPORT = 9600 HIGHPORT = 9700
Joining HTCondor pool as an “execute” node
Instructions above are for configuring HTCondor as a submit-only node.
With only minor changes in configuration this can be changed into submit and execute node.
Please consider adding your workstation as an execute node, especially if it's a fairly new machine.
In your local configuration file
DAEMON_LIST = MASTER, SCHEDDwith
DAEMON_LIST = MASTER, SCHEDD, STARTD ALLOW_WRITE=*.dartmouth.edu, 127.* ALLOW_READ=*.dartmouth.edu, 127.*Restart HTCondor. After a few moments your workstation should appear in
condor_statuslisting. If you have Mathematica, Maple, Matlab or GP/PARI installed, add the following lines to
HAS_MATH = TRUE HAS_MAPLE = TRUE HAS_MATLAB = TRUE HAS_GP = TRUE STARTD_EXPRS = HAS_MATH HAS_MAPLE HAS_MATLAB HAS_GP
Connecting to Dartmouth Secure Wireless Network
Use the following settings with your NetID and password:
- Wireless Security:
- Security: WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
- Authentication: Protected EAP (PEAP)
- Inner auth. (EAP method): MSCHAPv2
- Username: your NetID