Duke's WWW Server
John Gallagher and John McCann
Last update: March 20, 1996
This page describes techniques for creating your WWW applications and managing them on Duke's WWW server. If you have comments or suggestions, please send them via email to email@example.com.
The Duke WWW Server - Overview
Duke University provides a public WWW server for the use byf anyone who has an account on
the Duke public computer cluster machines (acpub). As students at Fuqua, you have such an
account, and you are free to use the Duke WWW server for the purposes of this class. Your account name and password for your acpub account will be the same as for your ECS Mail account.
To use this WWW service, you must first create a special directory on your acpub account. Then you must place your files in that special directory. This directory must be named public_html. This directory does not exist when your account is created. You must create this directory manually. You can then move your
files to this directory using your WS-FTP software. Any WWW files you place in your public_html directory can be accessed by anyone, anywhere with access to the Web. So, you can show off your work to "outsiders" as well as others at Duke University.
For example, iff your account were named jjk2, and you have placed an html document named
mypage.htm in your public_html directory, the proper URL for loading this document into a WWW
browser would be:http://www.duke.edu/~jjk2/mypage.htm
Connecting to your account with WS-FTP
Here is a simple approach for creating the directory you need and managing your files on your acpub account.
It uses the WS-FTP software. WS-FTP is the Windows-based FTP software provided to you in
the Fuqua computer labs. It can be found in the CMLE Windows group. It is also available to you at home if you have installed the CMLE software.
Connecting to your Duke Account::
Fill in the fields in the Connect to... window much like the example below.
There are several things to note about the fields in this sample "Connect to..." form:
Once you are connected to your account, you will see a screen that looks something like this:
- The Host Name in the sample starts with bio4. This is the "name" of a particular machine
in the Duke public computing cluster. You can use other names if this machine seems too busy.
Other valid machine names are north1- north15, carr1-carr 15, teer1- teer30, bio1- bio10, soc1- soc 16,
hudson1-hudson22, godzilla, bme1 and bme2. So, you could enter carr12.acpub.duke.edu as a valid Host Name.
- The "Config Name" field is empty. If you wish, you can name this connection profile and save it
for later use by typing a name in this field and clicking on the Save Config button. You can create many configuration files and give them names like this. This will keep you from having to retype this material each time you want to connect to your account at Duke. As you will be FTPing many files to this account over the term,
it is probably a good idea to name this configuration profile and save it.
- The password does not "show up" on this form. As you type your password, an asterik appears
for each letter you type. This is to maintain security for your account, in case any suspicious types are looking over your shoulder! Even though the letters do not appear, they are preserved in the configuration profile and they are used when the FTP software logs into your account.
- When you have your configuration information correctly entered in this form, just click on the Ok button to initiate the connection.
Creating your public_html directory
Your FTP software shows matching windows and controls on the right and left sides of the screen above.
The left side displays and lets you control files on your PC. The right side displays and lets you conrol files on the remote machine you are connected to.
- You can use the MkDir button on the right side to Make a Directory on your acpub account. Click on that button and when prompted for a directory name, enter public_html
- You can now "move into" that directory by either clicking on the newly created public_html directory name in the top window on the left, or by using the ChgDir (Change Directory) button on the left. In any case, you want to be in the public_html directory for all operations you will be carrying out with your Duke acpub account.
Transfering your files to the Duke WWW Server
Now that you have created your public_html directory, and you have used the change directory button to move into that directory, you can begin moving your WWW files to this new location. Remember, it does no good to transfer your files into your account unless you are in the public_html directory. Your WWW files must be here.
Once you are in the public_html directory, you can copy files to it from your PC. You simply manipulate the
windows on the left (your pc files) by clicking on drives and dirctory names until you see the directory in which you have stored your files, or you can use the ChDir button to help you.
Once you are in the PC directory that contains the files you want to transfer, you simply click on them once
to highlight them, and then click on the arrow pointing right that indicates a transfer from the PC to the
Duke machine. Your files will be transferred. They remain on your PC, but copies are placed in your Duke
acpub account, in the public_html directory.
Now that you have created your public_html directory, you can edit your WS-FTP configuration file so that you will
be placed in this directory each time you log into your Duke account. In the configuration form (Connect to....), you
see a field for "remote directory". If you put public_html in that field and save the configuration, WS-FTP will automatically put you in that directory each time you run this configuration. That way you can avoid the potential problem of accidentally transferring your files to your main directory because you forgot to "change directories" into your public_html. You can also specify a Local Directory in the Connect to... form. That will be the starting directory on your PC. So, if you generally create your WWW files in one spot on your PC, you can make sure WS-FTP starts up in the right directory by specifying it here.
Using FTP to Reach Other Sites
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) has been a part of the Internet for a long time, and was the major tool for moving files between computers prior to the arrival of GOPHER and then WWW. It is still commonly used by software companies to provide upgrades to their software. We use it regularly to reach sites, such as Microsoft, that allow us to log-in as "anonymous". The following image shows an WS-FTP Connect To screen for logging into Microsoft:
It is common to use your email address (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org) as the password. Notice that the "Anonymous login" box is checked.
Return to the BA 491 Home Page.