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Copyright. Richard J. Botting ( Fri Jan 20 11:53:30 PST 2006 ). Permission is granted to quote and use this document as long as the source is acknowledged.
We now have a special machine that provides anonymous access to are files using the Internet File Transfer Protocol(FTP) or the World-Wide-Web (WWW) protocols. These are two popular ways of making work publically available. They are both wide open doors onto the Internet - anyone can enter and read the data. There security has not been formally proven... just tested. I need to be sure that people get access to our public data only. So for the time being only the new system will run anonymous FTP and WWW. The machine is a Sun SparkClassic. The machine has a 2 gigabyte hard drive dedicated for public information. The system has been set up as a repository rather than duplicating all the facilities on the other machines. In general use it to "publish" finished works, rather than actually developing the work on the machines.
People access the files using "anonymous FTP" - with any password. The files can be in any format and any content - papers, source code, binaries, PostScript, TeX, EMACs LISP, ... When you tell other people about FTP server use the full domain name:
We also run a world-wide-web service on the same machine. This means that the popular Mosaic program can access files on the same machine. The ftp host is therefore also known as
Any WWW browser - Mosaic, Lynx etc. - can use browse through the same files
as FTP. So the HTML(Hyper-Text Markup Language) pages are kept in the same
directories as the FTP files. Files to be accessed by Mosiac and Lynx need
to be in HTML but there are help, templates, and tools available "real-soon-
now" to generate HTML. These files should all have suffix "html".
Use the space bar, 'b' , and Tab to explore the document that you see. The highlighted text are hyper-text links that can take you to different parts of the document or to a document on any WWW server. Tap the Enter key to follow a link. The '<-' arrow key reurns you to the original document.
The department will have a special "home page" in the HTML format used by 'lynx' and 'Mosaic'. This needs to define the department for strangers and lead them to areas that interest them. I'd like to have a set of vita files for faculty and to link these to the dept home page. Since Mosiac is good (but slow!) with pictures, we can include scanned in pictures of the faculty as well.
The public part of ftp|www is only a part of of the server. Faculty will see something else on logging in to 'ftp.csci.csusb.edu':
Faculty have been given a home directory to log in to, and a subdirectory called ftp into which they put publically available items. You have a separate password on this system. It can be the same as the one on other systems - and it is your responsibility to change it and remember it. You can create and delete and edit files in your directory quite freely in the usual way. You can - as usual - create and delete directories to organise their works. You should prepare files to guide the user to relevant papers: a README file, A VITA file, and a home.html file would be good.
To create a public copy of a MyNewPaper.tex use these steps:
It is easy to update an existing file, without 'rlogin':
Each faculty is solely responsible for there own directories on the ftp/www host. You should include a disclaimer in your files... These directories can contain both partly baked ideas(work in progress) as well as pre- publication copies of papers, articles and reviews. We can expect the quality to vary... The department will publically disclaim all responsibillity for the faculty's individual work in there directories - for example the top-level README file explains the layout of the system and disclaiming responsibility for the content of faculty directories.
It is, of course, possible to share course materials with students via the ftp/www host... as long as it is OK for everybody in the world to read and copy them as well.
We will have several special directories for special projects. Contact the system administrative team (paul and dick) if you have an idea.... the following are already open for business or about to be opened.
Department Technical Reports etc
I would like there to be a way for peer reviewed work to be recognized. I
therefore propose the following procedure:
The system administrators create a special directory(dept) for selected materials that have EITHER
They are electronic technical reports and other papers and articles that can be been printed by anyone. The technique is for a link to made from the faculty's publication into the department's directory. The name of the dept link will the be the faculty's initials , the year and month of its acceptance, (perhaps) a letter, and a mnemonic:
The systems administrator can review and summarize all the accesses that are recorded by the system (for example all FTPs are logged automatically) every 3 to 4 weeks, and will report to the department meeting which files a attracting most attention.