MSUHEP Linux Cluster New User Information
This page is at http://hep.pa.msu.edu/twiki/bin/view/Computing/HepLinuxNewUser
An account on the MSU HEP group's desktop Linux cluster has been
created for your use.
Your usage of the cluster must conform with MSU's acceptible use
The cluster is a multiple user system intended for nonconfidential
uses such as physics research, as such, privacy is not guaranteed to
users. Users' activity on the cluster may be recorded or monitored.
Users should not store confidential information on the system. This
includes private email, records containing personal information,
banking information (credit card receipts, or documents containing
account numbers), MSU student grading information, MSU student
information (files linking students' names and PIDs for instance).
Change the initial password the first time you login.
It is very important for the security of the cluster that all users
choose strong passwords. Never use the same password for more than
one account. Choose passwords that are not dictionary words and that
have mixes of different character types: lowercase, uppercase, numbers
and symbols. To test the strength of a password, you can use online testers such as
(don't enter your
To change your password, run the command "kpasswd".
Password for email@example.com:
Enter new password:
Enter it again:
The cluster uses the Kerberos system for managing passwords, once you
have run kpasswd successfully, your new password is immediately active
for all cluster logins.
You can login to any of the hosts on the cluster. Available hosts include
hep.pa.msu.edu, hx1.pa.msu.edu and ht19.pa.msu.edu.
Receiving email is not supported on the cluster. Users should not use
the cluster for receiving email. Never use an address such as
is one of the HEP
Linux cluster nodes.
You may use an email client such as Thunderbird on the cluster to
access your email on an email server via IMAP. For instance, use
Thunderbird to access your @pa.msu.edu or @msu.edu email account.
file: please set a forwarding address so that if email does
arrive for you on the cluster, it will be forwarded to a proper email
This file is placed in your home directory:
# cat ~/.forward
This indicates that my email is forwarded to my @pa.msu.edu account.
Please maintain your home area below 2 GB of disk usage. Storing
significant amount of non-work data is not allowed.
For more information see
For help with any problems or questions you have with the clsuter,
contact Tom Rockwell firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone extension 2140 in
room BPS 2150.
- 28 Oct 2005