CF Home - for CSCF technical notes

Welcome to the home of TWiki.CF. This is a web-based collaboration area for CSCF. Anything that belonged in or and which is not confidential may go here instead. Confidential material should go in the CFPrivate web (but keep in mind that no webserver can be guaranteed to be invulnerable to security issues).

Sharing Critical Information

When we have a serious system outage we need to communicate with our clients and other CSCF staff. Refer to notes on Sharing (Critical) Information

Organization of these pages

Topics in the Left Bar are those of high common interest, for quick navigation. There is a larger list of topics on this main page, many of which will also have their own pages. The sub-topics are those that are expected to be most commonly referenced. Feel free to include the same sub-topic under multiple topics, or create separate pages as needed.

Starting points for topics included within this web

  • CscfSpecific: CSCF-specific content (should not exists, that is, all content should be in this page)

Abuse and Security Incident Response

Accounts, Authentication and Authorization Management


Backup and Restore

  • LegatoNetworker - used to backup most of our systems
  • BackupMacs - various notes on how backups work in CS in the general and teaching environment

Bug Reporting and Processing

  • ST: Using our ST (Service Tracker)
  • Gripe Handling — we don't do this any more


Computing Environments

CSCF: Who Does What

Database (info for a DBA)

Data - Public Data Access


  • Documentation

Email Setup


We spend much of our resources on the "evergreen" of space, equipment, software, ...

File Services

File Systems

Topics concern anything to do with file systems. Of particular interest are network distributed filesystems like NFS, CIFS (samba), etc. Further consideration is given to authentication, authorization issues.

  • Samba - CIFS support for non-windows platforms
  • NFS - Network File Server as introduced to the world by Sun and available on Unix, Windows, MacOSX.
  • SshFs - allows one to mount file using ssh protocol to a server that requires no additional configuration beyond having an ssh server running.
  • LtspFS - an experimental file system developed by the Linux terminal server project, sound intriguing.


ICR Specific

Imaging Systems for Fast Installation


Lab and Machine Room Infrastructure and Security


See the information specific to managers. Also of interest are information for staff about the work environment, and administration.



Put entries here if you don't know where to put them elsewhere in this page.


News items of interest to MFCF/CSCF staff

See News.


See Sharing (Critical) Information

Operating Systems (generic notes universal to all environments)

Printing and Scanning

Professional Development




Resource and Service Monitoring (ie. Cacti, Nagios)


Acquisition, Distribution, and Configuration

Development (within CSCF)


Staff Stuff

  • StaffStuff - non-technical topics of interest to staff

Task Groups / Working Groups


  • Teaching - main page for the Teaching/User Support Group


User Support




Workshops and Seminars

Concerning the use of computing environments with respect to internal and external requests for workshops and seminars

  • Internal usage in this context is described as being requested by the CS department or the Math faculty. An example of this would be CEMC (Centre for Education in Math and Computing)
  • External usage in this context is described as being requested by people outside of the Math faculty. An example of this would be requests from Sharcnet for use of lab space to to hold HPC computing workshops.


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Checkout the Mozilla/Firefox Extension that allows you to configure your favourite editor to edit text boxes. See It's All Text!.

We used to recommend MozillaMozex but it's broken in current versions of Firefox.

Another tip on editing could be converting an MS word document to twiki format as in this url: "Microsoft Word Converter"

Information on who can read and write on this web

  • WhoCanReadWrite - this describes who can read these pages and update them. Are these pages accessible to Google?

Usage Guidelines

  • UsageGuidelines - Notes on how to use this web and when to consider putting information elsewhere

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