FAQs

Who has access to the CSX servers and/or iMac lab?

All CS faculty, staff, and majors are automatically given a account on the department's Linux network, collectively known as CSX. Students enrolled in a CS course are also automatically given an account. The iMacs in MSCS 222 also use the same account information for access. Accounts belonging to students (or former students) who are not Computer Science majors, and who are no longer enrolled in a CS course, will be archived and removed. See also the instructions on accessing our systems.

How do I set up webpages on the department's web server?

All personal web pages reside under a user's home directory underneath the directory public_html. The directory public_html and the path to it must be world executable (see 'man chmod', but generally 'chmod o=rX' on any files and directories should do the trick). The default file for a directory should be named index.html or index.php. All files you wish to serve must be world readable. Any removal of world executable access from directories (including your home directory itself) or world readable access from files will cause web serving to stop working for some or all of your files.

Please keep in mind that while a certain amount of non-academic content is acceptable, files on the university's servers reflect on the university and anything in violation of OSU policy or state or federal law, or of questionable taste, is likely to be taken down.

What's the URL to my files?

http://cs.okstate.edu/~userid (note the tilde), substituting your account's userid.

Can I write cgi-bin programs/PHP scripts/ASP pages?

cgi-bin programs represent a known security risk, so the department doesn't allow them. We do support PHP (currently 5.6) and are willing to discuss other web scripting languages within reason and capability. Our web server is Apache 2.4.

My class uses Hadoop and/or Spark on CSH. How do I use that?

The CSH virtual machines are overseen by graduate student employees who have kindly provided this guide to using those services.

How do I get on the Wifi?

On July 15, OSU-Stillwater and OSU-Tulsa are transitioning to the Eduroam global WiFi service, which will give students and employees secure and fast internet connectivity at any participating Eduroam campus.

What you need to do:

  1. Visit your network settings.
  2. If you were previously connected to OSUSTAFF, “forget” the network before connecting to Eduroam. To forget a network, visit your network settings, and select the option to forget the network.
  3. From the list of available networks, choose eduroam.
  4. When prompted, enter your okstate.edu email address and password, then click submit. You must use your full okstate.edu address; short names (without the @okstate.edu) will not work.
  5. Read and agree to the network acceptable use agreement. Choose to Trust the network.

For Android users:

  1. Choose PEAP for the EAP method drop-down menu
  2. Choose Do Not Validate from the CA Certificate drop-down menu
  3. Choose MSCHAPV2 from the Phase 2 authentication drop-down menu (On some Android phones this will be in the Advanced tap at the bottom. Also, you will need to save the settings after changing to MSCHAPV2)
  4. Enter Okey email address
  5. Enter password
  6. Connect to eduroam