As part of your account on the CPSC server, you have access to simple web hosting. The way that this works is that everything you put in a special directory called "public_html" will be accessible over the web. This page contains instructions for setting that up.
This directory contains everything that you wish to be publicly
viewable over the web. Make the directory with the
ifinlay@cpsc:~$ mkdir public_html
Now we can place files inside of this directory. For instance, we can place a file called "test.txt" inside of public_html:
ifinlay@cpsc:~$ echo "Hello this is a test!" > test.txt ifinlay@cpsc:~$ mv test.txt public_html/
Then I can navigate to "https://cpsc.umw.edu/~ifinlay/test.txt" to view the file over the web:
Viewing a file over the web
Of course when you do this, you will replace "ifinlay" with your own user name.
You can use your public_html directory simply as a way to access the files you have stored on the CPSC server from other computers. This might be more convenient for you then transferring things with scp or FileZilla. You could also use it to host files like a résumé.
In order for your files to show up on the web, the public_html directory needs to have both read and execute permission for group and other. If it does not, the web server will not be able to access it. This is how the permissions should look:
drwxr-xr-x 2 youruser students 4096 May 30 09:59 public_html
If the permissions aren't right, you can fix it with chmod:
ifinlay@cpsc:~$ chmod 755 public_html
For the files inside of public_html to be viewable, they need to have the right permissions as well. In general, you can give files the 644 permission and directories the 755 permission to make sure they are readable. This should be the default, but is good to double-check if something isn't showing up for you.
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