Introduction to UNIX at SLAC

SLAC 7 Mar 1996

Following are some documents to help you get started using UNIX at SLAC. The first section treats files at SLAC; the second, pointers to other information at SLAC; and the third, sources of useful information elsewhere.

Files at SLAC

The name on the left is the file name at SLAC, which is in the /usr/local/doc subdirectory* indicated by the section title, e.g., intro. This page will change as we continue reorganizing /usr/local/doc space. Some file names will change.


Pointers to where to get started finding help on diverse subjects from medical or security through UNIX computing problems. This file is used by SLAC's aid command, which displays pointers for keywords you specify. The data base is focused primarily on UNIX. See man aid for more specifics.
An annotated bibliography on various aspects of UNIX, networking and communications, the Internet, programming, TeX, the X Window System, etc.
UNIX at SLAC: Getting Started, which introduces you to basic commands, file manipulation, and environment tailoring. See also Tom Pavel's personal tips on getting the most out of UNIX.


Conventions and rules for node names.
Strategy for acquiring software with regard to licensing, quantity discounts, support, etc. Roles of various parties (purchasing, SCS, users) are outlined.
List of public machines, including servers, and their appropriate uses.
Restrictions on the use of the NAG's FORTRAN 90 compiler for NeXTs.
Summary of xCG discussions on security and root privileges.

Ways for UNIX (including NeXT) users to use WDSF to restore backed up files.

"How to Use UNIX M (Maintenance) Accounts" by Ilse Vinson for those who are installing public applications on UNIX and those who want to find out about aspects of the process.
"How to Manage a Workstation at SLAC" by Tom Pavel, targeted for those who don't run "tailor" as the SCS-managed workstations do. Has useful conceptual information, even for those who do.

Other Information at SLAC

You may also find the following pages useful:

The the following UNIX-related report:

And the following UNIX-related newsgroups:

Press here to go to the SLAC Home Page.

Information Sources Elsewhere

Here're some other sources of useful information. The name on the left is a name the information is known by.

An experimental Stanford University FTP server called Netserver, which is an archive site for UNIX system administration support and software distribution.
X Sources Archive
FTP archive for X-Window consortium, including sources, Public Review documents, X Test Suite, and user-contributed software. (Replaces

* Access to all files in the /usr/local/doc subdirectory is restricted to SLAC users, along with other file(s) explicitly marked on this page.

Winters; Boeheim