How do I access my home directory, shared and public spaces? What systems can I use them on?

The group shared home directory space is by default the space you access when logging into any MSI system save Koronis. Each account in a group has a space in the the group shared space /home/groupname/username that will function as a home directory for a given user.

In addition to the home directories being in the group space, there are also the shared and public spaces for collaboration within the group and outside of the group. When you log in at first, you will start in your home directory of /home/groupname/username; you can use the "cd" (change directory) command to change to your group's shared or public space:

username @lab [~] % cd ../shared
username @lab [~] % cd ../public

It's possible to put a shortcut to the shared or public space in your home directory by using the ln command to create a symbolic link:

username @lab [~] % ln -s /home/groupname/shared shared

Then,

username @lab [~] % ls -ld shared
lrwxrwxrwx 1 username pigroupname 13 2011-07-20 07:33 shared -> /home/groupname/shared


From Windows, you can use WinSCP to copy files between Windows and Unix as desired. If you prefer to mount the Unix filesystem as a drive on your local Windows machine, you can use NetDrive.