Get Set Up - statonlab/EPP_575_RNASeq_Workshop Wiki

Edit your OIT account

If you haven't already...

Navigate to, login. You may have to logout and log back in to get it to work. Make sure to click "Create Account" to ensure this works.

Activate the VPN

Get a shell on your laptop


Time to try it out! At the command line prompt:

ssh [email protected]

Wow, you are connected to a supercomputer miles away! (Well, like 1/2 mile away)

The basics

Do you see a prompt? I hope so! (What is a prompt anyway?)

Our first command! "Print working directory" is equivalent to "where am I?". It is abbreviated as "pwd"


What's in this folder?


What is the name of this computer?


We're going to explore these a lot more soon.

Get SWC files

Now we need to get the data for our lesson. We're going to use two new commands:


Check to make sure it is there:


And lets decompress it:


Access Spack system.

Within your home directory, update your .bash_profile to add the following:

# .bash_profile

# Get the aliases and functions
if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then
	. ~/.bashrc

# User specific environment and startup programs

export SPACK_ROOT=/pickett_shared/spack
. $SPACK_ROOT/share/spack/

exec newgrp statonutia