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1 Before You Begin . .. (by Han-Shen Yuan, with updates by Mike Clancy) Overview This document provides information about computing resources used in the self- paced programming courses. It introduces those unfamiliar with the EECS comput- ing facilities to their location, access, and use, and provides information on how to get started in CS 3S or a CS 9 or 47 series course, how to run and test programs, and how to print work to be evaluated by tutors. Computer platforms used with CS 3S and the CS 9 and 47 Courses We recommend that your coursework for CS 3S and the CS 9 and 47 courses be done on the EECS UNIX-based computers. Important course information is provided through these systems as well as supplemental documentation necessary to com- plete many of the CS 3S, CS 9, and 47 series programming assignments. In addition, all of the software necessary to complete the CS 3S, CS 9, and 47 courses is already installed on these computers, so you don’t have to do it yourself. The UNIX operating system The computers used in conjunction with the CS 9 and 47 curricula run an operating system (a program that manages user interaction with a computer) named UNIX. Unlike popular operating systems such as MacOS or Windows 95 used on today’s personal computers, UNIX is text-based; i.e. all of the commands issued to the oper- ating system are in the form of typed commands as opposed to mouse movements. However, as with other popular operating systems, users may create and edit files, launch programs, and manage the contents of their directories. For an introduction to basic UNIX commands, see the section entitled “Basic UNIX commands”. Your CS 3S, CS 9, or 47 Account Each student taking a course in CS 3S or the CS 9 or 47 series is given a computer account with which to access the EECS workstations. A computer account provides a set amount of disk space set aside on a central computer for you to use when working on your coursework. You access this account either directly by physically sitting at a workstation or through the Internet via a personal computer (see the section entitled “Accessing workstations—Points of access”). You get a user name and password so you may verify your identity when using your account. Your account will be active only for the current term. You should change the password that is used to access your account as soon as possi- ble for security purposes. This procedure is outlined in “Accessing workstations—log- ging in and changing passwords”.
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2 Accessing workstations Names and locations of workstations As of Fall 2005, there are three primary facilities where students may access EECS instructional workstations running UNIX: labs on the second floor of Soda Hall; 199 Cory Hall; C30 and C50 Hearst Field Annex Lab sections for CS 3 are run in C30 Hearst Field Annex; lab sections for CS 61A are run in C50 Hearst Field Annex; and lab sections for CS 61B and 61C are run in the Soda rooms. During each lab section, these rooms may not be used by students other
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