Connecting to Chemistryfs3 (or another server) in Linux

This guide assumes a small but significant understanding of Linux operations and commands. The process of connecting to file servers varies greatly between distributions of Linux and on the desktop environment that is running. The basics of connecting will be detailed, but the specifics of connecting for each combination is not documentable. If you need help, you can email comphelp or stop by the comphelp office.

If you are using wifi, make sure to start WiscVPN. Instructions can be found here.

The process for conneting to file servers depends largely on whether or not you have a desktop environment running (if you have a graphical display or just a command line interface).

With a desktop environment

One option would be to open a terminal emulator, console, or whatever it is named in the distribution and flavor of Linux you are using. From here you can use the scp command to send or grab files. You can also use rsync to sync the contents of a directory on your computer with the file server. Additionally, you can ssh into the file server and browse the files on the server that way.

Another option would be to use a program such as filezilla to connect through the sftp protocol. This will give you a side by side view of the server and your desktop and you can drag files back and forth.

A third option would be to open whichever file browser is installed in your distribution (nautilus, dolphin, etc.). You can connect to Chemistryfs3 through either windows sharing protocol or through sftp. In the address bar, you will need to type 'smb://chemistryfs3.chem.wisc.edu/[Shared folder name]' for Windows sharing protocol or 'sftp://chemistryfs3.chem.wisc.edu/fs/chemistryfs3/' and select the shared folder you want to connect to.

Your installation may also have an option to map a network drive to connect to at login.

Without a desktop environment

One option would be to use the scp command to send or grab files. You can also use rsync to sync the contents of a directory on your computer with the file server. Additionally, you can ssh into the file server and browse the files on the server that way.

It may take quite a bit of extra configuration, but you can mount an external drive or directory to connect at login. This option is not recommended for most users.