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Users: Using Aleph 0

Please note: This information will likely be useless to anyone not listed on the Aleph 0 Users page.

Aleph 0 is a complex system, one which relies upon several other systems in order to be of any use for its users. As such, it can be difficult to use without at least a bit of guidance; this page is intended to be that guidance, some semblance of explanation where possible and apology where not.

Aleph 0 is makde up of two chief services:

Once your Aleph 0 account is established, you'll receive an email listing some basic information for using those services (and directing you to this page for further information). As they are two separate services, the account information (such as username and password) are independent; they may not be the same even when your account is activated, and changing one does not change the other.

To have a page at
Use an SFTP client (if you're using Windows, I recommend WinSCP) to upload webpages to /home/user/ on the server (where user is replaced with your username). When logging in for the first time, make sure the “SSH Key” you must validate is bc:f9:b5:55:4b:2c:07:d7:42:8c:00:2a:8d:f0:2c:de. Finally, note that your username and password for this service is different from that of Google Apps, and changing one does not change the other. At this time, only users with shell accounts can change their sftp/web passwords.
To access a shell:
Iff you've been given a shell account, you can ssh to If you're using Windows, I recommend PuTTY as an ssh client. The ssh key is the same as given above in the webpage section. This uses the same login and password as the one mentioned there as well; you can change your password using the passwd command in the shell. If you don't have a shell account and would like one, email chjones.
For email, calendar, docs, and more:
Use Google Apps: start by visiting, click on the “Sign in” link if you haven't already, and just explore a bit. This is similar to a standard Google account, using their interface.
For other questions, comments, or requests:


The site administrator (chjones) has access to unencrypted passwords used on the UNIX (sftp and ssh) accounts mentioned above, and there doesn't seem to be a reasonable way to prevent that. Please do not use passwords for those services which you wish no one else to know. I'd suggest the same for the Google services, but at least there's no obvious display of those passwords.