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Have remote access

Access your ICTP account from a remote location

Reading your e-mail

The easiest way to read your ICTP mail is to use the web interface. Alternatively, you can set up your mail program to use imap.ictp.it for reading mail via IMAP (not POP3) and smtp.ictp.it for sending mail. For both, you have to enable SSL (in many mail programs this is set somewhere under Advanced options), and you have to authenticate yourself with your ICTP login and password to send e-mail. Note that when using SSL the port numbers must be 993 for IMAP and 465 for SMTP. See also specific instructions for Mac OS X.

Logging in

By logging in you can use the Linux systems (but not Windows) practically in the same way as if you were here. You have to use the Secure Shell to connect to ssh.ictp.trieste.it. The SSH fingerprint of this host is d2:36:7c:03:60:1d:4b:4c:4a:5d:98:6a:75:db:ac:b6.

If you have a UNIX-like system, use the command

  ssh -l username ssh.ictp.it

where *username* is your ICTP user name. To verify the fingerprint, you can interrupt the connection at the password prompt by hitting Control-C and enter the following command:

  ssh-keygen -l -f .ssh/known_hosts|grep ssh.ictp.it

Compare the result to the fingerprint written above.

In Windows, you have to download an ssh program first. A popular one is PuTTY which you can get from our download page. Just save putty.exe e.g. on the desktop and run it either from a command prompt like this:

  putty -l username ssh.ictp.it

or use the graphical interface to enter (and save for your convenience) user and host names. At the first connection attempt you will be shown the SSH fingerprint. Compare it to the one shown above and proceed if they match.

Transferring files

You can either use Secure Copy, Secure FTP or use the features of AFS for file sharing. In UNIX-like systems the commands look like this:

   scp username@ssh.ictp.it:filename .
   scp filename username@ssh.ictp.it:.

   sftp username@ssh.ictp.it
     ...usual FTP commands...

The first scp command would copy a file (named filename here) from the user's ICTP home directory to the local computer. The second command would do the reverse.

Windows users can get the program pscp.exe from our download page. There exists also more comfortable Windows programs (WinSCP for example) where you transfer files by doing drag-and-drop between windows.


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