datavibe.net member frequently asked questions
if you have a question not answered here or you don't
understand an answer posted on this page, please contact an administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|What are the fingerprints for datavibe's SSH server keys?|
RSA1 key fingerprint is 74:56:8b:cd:d3:ab:53:2c:c6:22:f3:55:3a:bf:e3:3c.|
RSA2 key fingerprint is 74:ea:18:81:a4:14:f9:99:5c:a8:de:8c:5f:25:d4:16.
do not attempt to login if you recieve different keys from the server, as it is
highly probable someone is monkeying around.
|how do i change my password?|
login to your datavibe shell (instructions are in the next question) and
issue the command "passwd" (without the quotes) at a shell prompt. It'll
ask for your current password, then assist you in setting a new one. Your
datavibe.net password should not be the same password you use for
accessing accounts anywhere else.
|how do i access my shell account?|
obtain an ssh program for your computer (PuTTY, available at http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/,
is a good one for windows) and then use it to connect to datavibe.net.
make sure you specify an SSH connection if your program supports other
connection types (like telnet).
after entering your datavibe username and password, you should now be
looking at a prompt ending in a dollar sign. that's it.
PS: the 'exit' command closes a shell session.
|How do I check my datavibe email?|
| You can check your datavibe email by logging in via SSH and using
a unix email program such as pine or mutt, or you can use an email client
on your own computer such as Eudora or Outlook/Outlook Express. Many
users choose to use a unix email program because it leaves all the email
in one place (on the server) and can be accessed in the same way anywhere
you have internet access.
to use pine or mutt, just login to your datavibe.net shell with ssh
(explained in this faq) and type "pine" or "mutt" at the prompt.
Instructions for accessing email with a desktop email client are covered
by the next question.
|What are the settings for using Eudora or Outlook/Outlook Express to access my email?|
All mail programs are different, so I can't give exact instructions. Find your mail program's settings, and enter the following::|
Incoming Mail Server / POP3 Server: datavibe.net
Outgoing Mail Server / SMTP Server: use the smtp server provided by your ISP
POP3 Username: this is your datavibe.net login name.
POP3 Password: this is your datavibe.net password.
Return address: depending on your account type, this is either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|How do I create my website?|
All datavibe accounts have a website address by default. Create a
directory called public_html (all lowercase) in your home directory if
it's not already there and put your website files in there. it will be
where username is your datavibe username.
people with domain names and multiple sites will have different
directories for their sites. if it's not clear by the filenames in your
home directory, ask an administrator for help.
|How do I upload files to my website?|
Use of scp (secure copy) is the preferred method and works for all
accounts at all times. It's also (duh) more secure than most other
methods. WinSCP is a great free
tool for this on windows. The host to connect to is datavibe.net. You
will also need to enter your datavibe username and password. Please do
not store your password in the settings of your scp program.
If you can't use scp for whatever reason (for example, you want to use a
webcam program that only supports FTP), then you'll need to contact an
administrator so that your account can be enabled for FTP access (so you
won't get an error when you try to upload).
|My website is giving me a permissions error.
How do I fix it?|
Directory indexing is disabled by default on the /~username/ style url
websites. If you don't have an index.html or index.php file in a
directory, it will give this error instead of listing the files to
prevent people from seeing all the files you have in your web
If you already have an index document, or you're accessing a specific
filename and you're still getting this error, it's probably because your
files aren't set to be world-readable. You can fix this by logging into
your datavibe shell via ssh (i.e. with PuTTY) and then entering the
following command at the prompt:
chmod -R a+r ~/public_html
If you're still having problems, get in touch.
|How do I know if datavibe is down? / Where can I go for datavibe status information?|
datavibe's announcements regarding status and downtime are maintained at livejournal.|
it's in reverse-chronological order, with the most recent first.
|Where can I get a domain name? / How do I register a domain?|
we recommend dotster.com for registering domains.|
you will need nameservers. at the moment, the nameservers for datavibe are ns3.datavibe.net and ns4.datavibe.net. these may change in the future, and you may need to update your domain information if that occurs. check your datavibe email and the datavibe status page regularly to be notified of when you may need to do this.
after your domain is registered, let us know so that we can configure your website and email accounts to use it.
|How can I donate to datavibe?|
the things we need right now are funding and some specific computer
hardware. please contact us at email@example.com for a mailing
address or a current list of the hardware we need.
|I've got this friend who needs a website/email address. Can you give him/her an account?|
Assuming we're accepting new users, we almost certainly can. Have your friend drop us an email with a request.
faq last amended Thu Apr 10 23:08:58 EDT 2003.
datavibe.net 2003 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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