E-Mail using pine
E-Mail using elm
Software and Programming Languages
Web / Internet
You will need to bring a valid form of ID with you when submitting your account request form to one of the Computer Centers (University Hall, Dickinson, Robison Hall at Teaneck, or Dreyfuss at Madison). Valid forms of ID by account type are:
alumnus accounts: Driver's License and FDU diploma
other accounts : FDU ID or Driver's License
For account request forms, you can go to one of the Computer Centers (University Hall, Dickinson, Robison Hall at Teaneck, or Dreyfuss at Madison), or you can obtain the application form through fax.
Each individual Alpha account is good for one year. All class accounts will be deleted at the end of each semester.
Use "check_expire" command to check the expiration date of your personal account (all but class account).
No, it is not secure for us to give out your password through e-mail. There are two ways to get your new password.
alumnus account: Driver's License and FDU diploma
other account : FDU ID or Driver's License
Yes, it is. You can telnet or e-mail worldwide as long as you have the correct address.
Teaneck: dial 692-2700
Madison: dial 443-8501
This command brings up the password program. You can follow the instructions to change your password.
The specific intention of these guidelines is to discourage choosing normal words as passwords. However, we recognize that a password which you cannot remember is only likely to be written down on paper, something we would prefer to avoid. There are other means of choosing memorable passwords at your disposal. For instance, you can combine the first or last letters of a group of favorite objects, say a favorite phrase from your childhood, into an unrecognizable, but for you a memorable password. Don't forget that you'll need to include some non-alphabetics just to spice things up a bit.
A successful password change adheres to the following guidelines:
Must contain at least 4 distinct characters with a minimum length of 8.
May not contain: #, @, :, ^X, ^U, ^S, ^Q, DEL, BAK.
Must contain alphabetics and non-alphabetics.
Must not contain any 3 characters in a row of your finger information.
A dictionary check with the characteristics:
May not contain 3 ~ 7 sequential characters that comprise a word.
May not contain 8 sequential characters that comprise a substring of a word.
May not contain (sub)strings found in your .plan, .project, .signature, and .forward files.
May not contain common data formats such as xxx-xx-xxxx and dd/mm/yy.
May not contain common date formats such as dd-mm-yy and mmddyy.
use on-line help, if no idea at all:
alpha.fdu.edu> man -k command
use on-line help, if you know what you want:
alpha.fdu.edu> man [x] ( x = topic )
There are two ways:
alpha.fdu.edu> telnet vax
There are two steps to renew an alumnus account from out of the United States.
If you have any question, send e-mail to email@example.com with specific Subject (do not use single word "help" as Subject).
alpha.fdu.edu> ftp vax
type in your username and password
If your file is a simple text file, use "ascii", else use "bin".
Send a file from Alpha to VAX, use "put", otherwise use "get".
ftp> put [filename]
Need more help, type "help"
set home PC to receive mode before your send the files from Alpha
at Alpha prompt, type
sx filename -- this will transfer file to PC using xmodem
sb filename -- this will transfer file to PC using ymodem
sz filename -- this will transfer file to PC using zmodem
for more information, type man sz on Alpha prompt.
first save mail to the directory by typing "|" at the mail command line
it will ask pipe to, type "cat > filename"
If you are using pine, type E for export and filename. this will save the mail content to the filename you specified under your directory. Then follow step 1 and 2 to download the file to PC.
make sure you have selected the right printer (follow the above steps), then select the mail to print
under your home directory
You can uuencode a file and then read it into pine to send out.
Assume that you want to send a file called test to your friend.
alpha.fdu.edu> uuencode test test.en > test.out
For more information about uuencode, read the man page by:
alpha.fdu.edu> man uuencode
You can save the incoming mail to test and then run:
alpha.fdu.edu> uudecode test
to get test.en file which is identical to the original file.
For more information about uudecode, read the man page by:
alpha.fdu.edu> man uudecode
select the mail to print
under the Mail directory
At the command prompt in mail type c then enter the folder name or
The default editor in elm is edt, and this has to be set specifically. If you want to set the editor to vi in elm, do the following:
You can use elm to quickly save all important mail messages to a mail box you like within the Mail directory. Note: type c for c)hange and s for s)ave
make sure you are in the Mail directory
alpha.fdu.edu> cd Mail
get into elm, and follow the following steps:
Change to which folder: received
now mark one of your important files using the up or down arrow key
save it to directory called important_directory
Save message to: important_directory
If you want to attach a file in elm along with your message, do the following after you finish your message. (Here I assumed that your editor is vi and the attached file name is test_file under current directory.)
If I also want to include the file test2_file from directory play_dir.
*** disable call waiting to disallow disconnection with initializing modem ***
If you dial in to our system, the terminal server will log you out after being idle for 30 minutes. If you telnet to our system, there is no time limit for your login.
When the 692-2700 (Teaneck) or 443-8501 (Madison) line is busy it will automatically hunt to the next available number. If you get a busy signal, this means all the lines are in use from both campuses.
alpha.fdu.edu> lpr -Pprint_queue_name filename
Print queue names examples (partial list)
uhall - Letter Writer in University Hall, UH28
becton - DEC LP27 printer in Becton Hall B104
dhall - Letter Writer in Dickinson Hall, Lab C
madison - Printronix printer in Dreyfuss building CPU room
monmouth - Line printer in Fort Monmouth
alpha.fdu.edu> setenv PRINTER [print_queue_name]
alpha.fdu.edu> lpq -Pprint_queue_name
use the lpq command to find out the job_ID
alpha.fdu.edu> lpq -Pprint_queue_name
alpha.fdu.edu> lprm -Pprint_queue_name job_ID user_name
alpha.fdu.edu> pcprint file_name
Assembler, C, C++, Fortran, Pascal, SAS, Oracle, Minitab, elm, pine, pico, gopher, lynx, tin, xmodem, ymodem, zmodem, gzip, mosaic, netscape, and SPSS.
make sure you name a fortran program with the extension f, assume prog.f is your program
alpha.fdu.edu> f77 -o prog prog.f
-- prog is your executable
alpha.fdu.edu> f77 prog.f
-- a.out is your executable
run your fortran executable at the Alpha prompt, assume a.out is your executable
To begin, you need to run the install_html program to create the directories, files, and file access modes for your account.
Information on this command can be found by typing man install_html. Your home page can be accessed with the address
where "username" is your Alpha login name.
There is a size limit for your web pages. You can use the command vquota to check quota that is currently used and the maximum quota you have. If you exceeded the quota limit, you cannot load or write anything to your account.
You do not have to do anything. The list of Alpha web pages is updated every night. You will see your name listed the day after you created your web page. If you did not change the sample web page (comes with the install_html program), your name will not appear on the list.
You can access netscape through the Novell menu (windows, lan place, netscape).
No, we don't have such a list. However, on our web site www.fdu.edu, you can find/access the list of web pages for faculty and staff if they do have their own web pages.
Yes, we will upgrade lynx in the future, but there are no prospective dates at this time.
The list of Alpha alumni page is updated every night. The only way to get on this list is to have a web page on Alpha. To set up as your request, you need to have an Alpha account and set up the link by yourself with that account.
For account request, see FAQ.1 Account.
We do not have such mailing list. However, news group: fdu.general does serve for all campuses.
Individual Oracle Qualification:
Teaneck campus: any CS/MIS/MATH major who belongs to CS Department
Madison campus: any CS Grad students
After one obtains Oracle access, use command sqlplus to start Oracle.
We allow people to access library information by accessing tricat. After you login, you will see this message:
Enter terminal type, or ' ?' to display:
type ? for a list of choices
then, you can pick one from the list.
We do not allow news server to be accessed outside of the FDU domain.
You can reach Lynn Lechner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can check your directory the News directory -- it contains all files you saved on purpose or by accident. You can delete files inside News if you are sure that you do not want them. Use the following command to check all the files in you home directory, and remove some files using the command rm file_name.
alpha.fdu.edu> ls -Rl | more
You need to set the permissions in your home directory to drwxr-xr-x. Do the following:
alpha.fdu.edu> chmod 755 .
alpha.fdu.edu> chmod 644 .project
alpha.fdu.edu> chmod 644 .plan
To learn more about permission modes, type man chmod at the Alpha prompt.
MADISON COMPUTER CENTER
phone number: (973) 443-8689
MICROCOMPUTER CENTER, TEANECK CAMPUS
phone number: (201) 692-2731
MICROCOMPUTER CENTER, HACKENSACK CAMPUS
DICKINSON HALL (rooms 2163, 2164, 2165)
phone number: (201) 692-7150
BECTON COMPUTER CENTER (TEANECK CAMPUS)
phone number: (201) 692-2668
add the following line to the .login file
set prompt="new_prompt> "
you will see your new prompt at the next login
setenv EDITOR vi
use tin or pine at the Alpha prompt
Use CTRL-Z to get the "*" prompt. Then just type in the number at this prompt. Finally, type "c" to continue editing at that position.
To know more about chfn, type man chfn at the Alpha prompt.
To forward all your mail to a new address "email@example.com":
alpha.fdu.edu> echo "firstname.lastname@example.org" > .forward
To stop forwarding:
alpha.fdu.edu> rm .forward
Assume that your home directory is /home/student/backup.
First, in case you do not have enough memory space for the compression, make a copy of your home directory to /tmp directory.
Second, go to /tmp and compress the whole tree using tar and gzip.
Third, delete the copy of your home directory in /tmp.
alpha.fdu.edu> cp -r /home/student/backup /tmp/backup
alpha.fdu.edu> cd /tmp
alpha.fdu.edu> tar clvf - backup/* | gzip -c > backup.gz
alpha.fdu.edu> rm -rf /tmp/backup
You can save or download this copy of backup.gz as your backup. If by accident, you deleted some important files, you can retrieve those files by uploading backup.gz to /tmp directory and uncompressing this backup.gz.
alpha.fdu.edu> cd /tmp
alpha.fdu.edu> zcat backup.gz | tar xpvf -
After you retrieve those important files, delete the copy of your home directory in /tmp.
alpha.fdu.edu> rm -rf /tmp/backup