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Logging In

All of EWS systems are running the XWindows Display Manager (xdm). Xdm runs the X11 server at all times, even when nodody is logged in, so that there is no need to start X explicitly after you log in.

To log in, make sure the cursor is at the first prompt ( Login: ) and type your login. Then type your password at the second prompt ( Password: ) . If you think you mis-typed your password, click on the Reset button. If you entered the correct information, you will be logged in and the window manager will appear. At this point, you are ready to begin any task you set out to perform on the workstation.

Troubleshooting common login problems

If you're having trouble logging in to an EWS workstation you should try the following methods in order to restore your ability to log in.

  • If you're receiving a message that indicates that your login is incorrect, go to the password change page and reset your password (you can reset your password to the same as it was before if you'd prefer).
  • If your username and password appear to work, but upon logging in you are sent to a black screen and then immediately back to the login screen, you may be at your maximum level of allowed file space. In order to resolve this problem you should try logging in to failsafe mode. In order to activate failsafe mode, use the pull down field in the "Window Manager Selector" under the login and password fields. In failsafe mode, run the command "uquota" in order to check you filespace usage. If you are very near maximum quota usage, archive and remove files to increase freespace on your account then try logging in again.
  • If your username and password appear to work, but upon logging in you are sent to a black screen and then immediately back to the login screen and you are not at your maximum allowed filespace, your account's configuration files may be invalid. This is likely to occur if you make a mistake while customizing your account. In order to repair your account's configuration files you should login to failsafe mode using the "Window Manager Selector" pulldown field and run "getskel" at the command prompt. This command will rename all of your current configuration files and load the EWS default configuration files. If you still have problems contact a lab operator or email manager [at] ews.uiuc.edu

Logging Out

To log out of the EWS linux work stations click on the system tab at the top of the screen and select logout.

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