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A shell account refers to a text-mode interface where commands can be run interactively. All OCF accounts include shell account access. You can access your shell account over an encrypted connection in the OCF lab or remotely via SSH/SFTP.
We support the following commonly used shell account tools (to name a few):
Most SSH/SFTP clients will prompt you to accept an unknown key when you first connect. Our SSH fingerprint can be used to verify that you're connecting to the correct server:
2048 55:0a:e3:4f:4b:2c:15:f8:d4:7d:f9:93:bf:a0:41:21 tsunami.ocf.berkeley.edu (RSA) 1024 7e:19:bc:fd:b5:cd:5c:e3:42:a4:a5:74:eb:ce:5d:2e tsunami.ocf.berkeley.edu (DSA) 256 a2:4b:d5:17:43:2e:a7:ea:50:d7:ab:1f:63:45:a9:6c tsunami.ocf.berkeley.edu (ECDSA) 256 SHA256:h6Rnqg1tyl6VMFrotrR+DSnNW6DF8wQylVllkp03DIw tsunami.ocf.berkeley.edu (ECDSA)
Your shell account can be controlled remotely using
SSH. The server name is
If you just need to access SSH quickly, you can use our web-based SSH interface from your web browser.
On Mac OS X or Linux, enter in the terminal:
On Windows, use PuTTY (download the
We also support Mosh, an SSH alternative with improved support for laggy or roaming connections:
You can transfer files to your account using SFTP. To transfer files
you can use the command line utility
sftp, or a graphical program such as
FileZilla (Linux, Mac, Windows), WinSCP (Windows), or
Cyberduck (Mac, Windows).
Otherwise, use the following information in your SFTP client.
Currently, accounts are limited to 5 GB of disk usage under the home and web
directories. You can check your disk usage by running
quota -v over SSH or
from your browser.
You are welcome to run unattended processes on the OCF. However, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring that your unattended processes do not unduly interfere with others’ ability to use the shared computing resources.
In particular, if you are going to run a batch job which may require a lot of
computing power, you are advised to run it under
lower its CPU priority and I/O priority respectively. OCF staff reserve the
right to terminate or otherwise decrease the resource usage of processes which
are consuming too many resources.
If you’re trying to run a webapp or other kind of server process on the SSH
login server (
ssh.ocf.berkeley.edu), please note that the SSH login server is
firewalled and what you’re trying to do unfortunately won’t work. If you’re a
group and you’re trying to run a webapp, you may want to consider