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In both cases, you must come to MC 3036 in person for initial registration. Club representatives can request renewal of their free accounts if they still need the account in future terms. Renewal can be done in person or via email.
 
In both cases, you must come to MC 3036 in person for initial registration. Club representatives can request renewal of their free accounts if they still need the account in future terms. Renewal can be done in person or via email.
   
Your user account must also be authorized to change club files. Each club has a "club group" whose members may update the clubs files. We add users to the group upon request, or when we're setting up the club account.
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Your user account must also be authorized to change club files. Each club has a "club group" whose members may update the clubs files. We add (and remove) users to the group when we are asked to do so by the club exec. The exec must email Syscom (syscom@csclub.uwaterloo.ca) from a club email address. We may ask for verification that the club is a Feds club when setting up a new account.
   
Anyone with office staff or greater privileges may create both of the above types of accounts using [[ceo]]. Currently, only systems committee may add users to club groups.
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Anyone with office staff privileges may create and renew club representative accounts using [[ceo]]. Currently, only systems committee may add users to club groups and create club accounts.
   
 
=== Accessing Club Resources ===
 
=== Accessing Club Resources ===

Revision as of 15:54, 30 September 2014

The Computer Science Club provides web hosting to other clubs free of charge. We host many club web sites and mailing lists. If you have a question about our hosting service, contact systems-committee@csclub.uwaterloo.ca or visit our office in MC 3036.

Hosting Features

  • 4 GB web space
  • Scripting
    • PHP (mod_fcgid)
    • Perl (mod_fcgid)
    • Python (mod_fcgid)
    • Ruby (mod_fcgid)
  • Databases

This is not an exhaustive list. Contact us if you want something not listed or installed.

Getting Hosted

To get hosted, you need:

  1. a club account
  2. one user account for each person who will be updating the club's web site or other files

Club Account

Each club we host has a "club account" that owns and stores club resources. You can request a club account via email or in person. The club account:

  • Is named after the club, possibly abbreviated.
  • Has a home directory named /users/clubname, where club files are stored.
  • Is not permitted to login. You must use your own user account to login.

Anyone with office staff or greater privileges may create club accounts using ceo.

User Accounts

Each user who needs access to the club account must have his/her own user account on our machines. There are two ways to get an account:

  • Become a member of the Computer Science Club. Membership is $2.00 per term.
  • Request a free "club representative" account. These accounts are to be used solely for managing the club account, and expire at the end of the term.

In both cases, you must come to MC 3036 in person for initial registration. Club representatives can request renewal of their free accounts if they still need the account in future terms. Renewal can be done in person or via email.

Your user account must also be authorized to change club files. Each club has a "club group" whose members may update the clubs files. We add (and remove) users to the group when we are asked to do so by the club exec. The exec must email Syscom (syscom@csclub.uwaterloo.ca) from a club email address. We may ask for verification that the club is a Feds club when setting up a new account.

Anyone with office staff privileges may create and renew club representative accounts using ceo. Currently, only systems committee may add users to club groups and create club accounts.

Accessing Club Resources

Shell Access

At this point, you have a user account and a club account, and need to get started with your web site. Before you can do anything, you need to log into our machines somehow. You can:

  • Log in using a terminal in the office
  • Log in from anywhere using SSH. Our web server (caffeine) is available at csclub.uwaterloo.ca.

The club's files are stored in /users/clubname.

If you want, you can become the club user by typing "become_club clubname". This is not usually necessary, as the permissions usually allow you to make changes as yourself.

SFTP File Access

You may access files stored on our servers, or upload new ones, via SFTP and SCP. If you are a Windows user you should use WinSCP or a similar client with SFTP/SCP abilities. If you are using OS X you can use the sftp or scp Terminal commands, or you can install a graphical client such as Cyberduck. Similarly on GNU/Linux you can use the shell commands or a graphical client such as gftp.

Services

Web Hosting

The /users/clubname/www directory is accessible via the web at http://csclub.uwaterloo.ca/~clubname. This is set up by default and requires no special configuration.

If you want a domain of the form clubname.uwaterloo.ca, you can request this via email. You can also use your own domain (e.g. club.org), if you purchase it yourself.

Databases

MySQL databases are available.

You can create a MySQL database yourself through ceo by following these instructions.

Mailing Lists

We can set up GNU Mailman for you upon request.