New York University Faculty of Arts and Science College of Arts and Science Graduate School of Arts and Science

Announcements Pre-2008

11/01/2007 - Software updates

On Thursday night (11/01/2007), we will be running software updates on all solaris and linux machines. The systems will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Some important software that is being updated on both linux/solaris:

  • Matlab 2007b (This software is available for testing on any CIMS *nix machine by running from the command line: /opt/matlab/R2007b/bin/matlab)

Some significant linux updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • kernel (activated on next reboot)

A full list of software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

10/08/2007 - Software updates

All linux systems (desktop and compute nodes) running RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 WILL BE REBOOTED as part of the process. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any RHEL5 systems when you leave for the night on Thursday. The updates are scheduled to go out between 11pm and 4am on Thursday (10/11/2007) night. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Notable software updates/installs for linux include the following:

  • kernel
  • mesa
  • qt
  • xemacs

A full list of software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

8/31/2007 - Windows Profile Changes

We have changed how Windows profiles are set up in user accounts and on CIMS Windows PCs. For information on how profiles work and important configuration changes that must be made by users of certain packages, such as Thunderbird, please read the Windows profile overview.

8/30/2007 - New Podiums in Rooms 101 and 102 of Warren Weaver Hall

New podiums have been installed in rooms 101 and 102 of Warren Weaver Hall, so if you are teaching in these rooms, or coordinating any events requiring use of the A/V equipment in these rooms, you'll need to get a new key (same key for both cabinets). These are available for pick up from room 1022 WWH.

You should not need a key if you are only using a laptop, as selecting the device (PC, Mac, Laptop) can be done from the keyboard, which is not locked up. For more information, please see the updated equipment overview.

8/28/2007 - Projectors in rooms 1314 of WWH and 709 of 719 Broadway

Ceiling mounted projectors have been installed in rooms 709 of 719 Broadway and 1314 of Warren Weaver Hall . Power buttons and a VGA cable for connecting a laptop are on the wall next to the projection screen.

8/20/2007 - Software updates

All linux systems (desktop and compute nodes) running RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 WILL BE REBOOTED as part of the process. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any RHEL5 systems when you leave for the night on Thursday. The updates are scheduled to go out between 11pm and 4am on Thursday night. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Notable software updates/installs for linux include the following:

  • firefox
  • freetype
  • kde/qt
  • kernel
  • samba
  • subversion
  • tetex(latex/tex)
  • Xorg

A full list of software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

We expect this update to fix some video driver issues as well as many other minor bugs with the new RHEL5 installs.

If you experience any problems with applications running on the new version of linux, you should be able to run your programs on one of our servers by running `ssh -Y SERVER PROGRAM`, where SERVER is one of our compute servers, and PROGRAM is the program you want to run. If this is the case, please notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu to let us know so we can correct these problems as soon as possible.

 

7/16/2007 - Linux OS Upgrades

Starting Monday (7/23/2007), we will begin upgrading all the linux machines from RHEL3/4 to RHEL5. Due to the substantial number of machines, these upgrades will take several weeks.

The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any software packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

These upgrades will require physical access to each machine along with at least an hour downtime including several reboots. We will begin visiting offices to start these upgrades next week.

The local /scratch file systems will begin being backed up on July 20th, however the /scratch filesystems are expected to remain intact. In the event that a /scratch file system is lost however, any changes to your local /scratch file systems between July 20th and the date of that systems update will be lost.

To state any concerns, report any software problems, or ask any questions, please email: helpdesk at cims.nyu.edu.

 

6/29/2007 - Software updates

On Thursday night (7/05/2007), all the linux machines will run software updates. The linux machines will not be rebooted. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Notable software updates/installs for linux include:

  • kernel-2.6.9-55.0.2
  • ruby-1.8.1-7.EL4.8
  • mutt-1.4.1-12.0.3.el4
  • evolution-2.0.2-35.0.4.el4
  • thunderbird 1.5.0.10-0.1.el4
  • firefox 1.5.0.10-0.1.el4
  • seamonkey 1.0.9-2.el4

A full list of software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

 

5/14/2007 - Software updates

On Thursday night (5/17/2007), all the linux machines will run software updates. The linux machines will be rebooted! The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • kernel-2.6.9-55
  • xorg-x11-6.8.2-1.EL.18
  • gcc-3.4.6-8
  • ImageMagick-6.0.7.1-17
  • gtk+-1.2.10-36
  • glibc-2.3.4-2.36
  • evolution-2.0.2-35.el4

A full list of software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

 

4/9/2007 - Software updates

On Thursday night (4/12/2007), all the linux and solaris machines will run software updates. The linux machines will be rebooted! The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • Matlab-R2007a (available for testing in /opt/matlab/R2007a)
  • Maple-11 (available for testing in /opt/maple/11)
  • kernel-2.6.9-42.0.10
  • mysql-4.1.20-2
  • xorg-x11-6.8.2-1

Notable software updates for solaris include:

  • Matlab-R2007a (available for testing in /opt/matlab/R2007a)
  • Maple-11 (available for testing in /opt/maple/11)

 

3/30/2007 - Software updates

On Friday (4/6/2007), all the linux and solaris machines will run software package updates. The machines will not be rebooted. This software has been pre-installed for testing on the linux machines in rooms 502 and 624, which are:

  • pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • kernel-2.6.9-42.0.10
  • seamonkey-1.0.8-0.2.el4
  • gcc-3.4.6-3.1
  • gcc4-4.1.0-18.EL4.3
  • tecplot-360 (available for testing in /opt/tecplot/360)

 

Notable recent software updates for solaris are:

  • subversion-1.4.2
  • tecplot-360 (available for testing in /opt/tecplot/360)

 

A full list of software updates for linux is available on the update page.


3/26/2007 - Printer upgrade

nettk07 has been replaced with an HP color printer. The spool name nettk07 has been changed to cpr05

2/26/2007 - Software updates

On Friday (3/2/2007), all the linux machines will run software package updates. The machines will not be rebooted. This software has been pre-installed for testing on the linux machines in rooms 502 and 624, which are:

  • pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • kernel-2.6.9-42.0.8
  • tetex-3.0 (includes latex/tex)
  • make-3.81
  • gtk2-2.4.13-22
  • perl-5.8.5-36
  • ImageMagick-6.0.7.1

 

A full list of software updates for linux is available on the update page.

1/29/2007 - Software updates

On Friday (2/2/2007), all the linux machines will run software package updates. The machines will not be rebooted. This software has been pre-installed for testing on the linux machines in rooms 502 and 624, which are:

  • pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • subversion-1.4.2
  • flash-plugin-9.0.31.0 (excludes x86_64)
  • acroread-7.0.9
  • libgsf-1.10.1
  • doxygen-1.5.1

 

Notable recent software updates for solaris are:

  • doxygen-1.5.1
  • R-2.4.0
  • perl-Encode::Mapper-1.20
  • perl-Encode::Arabic-1.14

 

11/22/2006 - Software updates

On Friday (12/1/2006), all the linux machines will run software package updates. The machines will not be rebooted. This software has been pre-installed for testing on the linux machines in rooms 502 and 624, which are:

  • pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • openoffice.org-2.0.4
  • seamonkey-1.0.6
  • firefox-1.5.0.8
  • thunderbird-1.5.0.8
  • qt-3.3.3
  • R-2.4.0
  • ImageMagick-devel
  • xcin-2.5.3

 

A full list of software updates for linux is available here.

10/30/2006 - Software updates

On Friday (11/3/2006), all the linux machines will run software package updates including a new kernel. The machines will not be rebooted however because this is not a critical kernel update and the new kernel will go into effect on the next bootup. This software has been pre-installed for testing on the linux machines in rooms 502 and 624, which are:

  • pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • kernel-smp-2.6.9-42.0.3.EL
  • eclipse-3.2.1

 

A full list of software updates for linux is available here.

The following solaris lab machines have been upgraded from solaris 9 to solaris 10 (SunOS 5.10) and have been upgraded to 2GB of RAM each:

  • pubsun1
  • pubsun2
  • pubsun3
  • pubsun4
  • pubsun5
  • pubsun6

 

10/2/2006 - Software updates

On Thursday Night (10/5/2006), all the linux machines will be updated with new software packages and will be rebooted. This software has been pre-installed for testing on the linux machines in rooms 502 and 624, which are:

  • pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • kernel-smp-2.6.9-42.0.2.EL
  • gcc-3.4.6-3
  • gcc4-4.1.0
  • xorg-x11-6.8.2
  • seamonkey-1.0.5 (mozilla)
  • firefox-1.5.0.7
  • thunderbird-1.5.0.7
  • eclipse-3.0.2
  • jdk-1.5.0_09 (new 64bit on supported platforms)

 

A full list of software updates for linux is available here.

Notable recent software updates for solaris are:

  • make-3.81
  • gcc-4.1.1
  • perl-5.8.8
  • bison-2.3
  • unrtf-0.20.2

 

5/12/2006 - Software updates

NYU letterhead

On both linux and solaris machines, we have a new way to create the NYU letterhead. The previous method relied on a very old version of latex (2.09) which is essentially obsolete. It also generated warnings and did not display the NYU torch symbol when viewing the dvi output. The new method fixes all of these inconveniences. To use it, just replace the line:

\documentstyle[nyultrhd]{letter}

with

\documentclass{letter}
\usepackage{nyuletterhead}

From a Linux/Sun machine, there there is a sample letter in /usr/local/share/texmf-local/doc/latex/sample.tex.

Dr Scheme

A new version of the DrScheme environment has been installed on both solaris and linux machines.

Simple overlooked Unix utilities

Here is a sampling of some simple command-line Unix utilities we have installed:

 

  • less : a text file viewer

    If you like more, you'll love less. This is a text file viewer with some nice features; for example, unlike more, less allows backward as well as forward movement in the file.

  • rename : a powerful file renamer

    Renames the filenames supplied according to the rule (which can use regular expressions) specified as the first argument.

  • file : determine file type

    If you have a file and are not sure what sort of file it is, you can use the file to find out.

  • dos2unix and unix2dos - Unix <-> DOS/MAC text file converter

    To convert a text file created on a DOS or Windows system, run

    dos2unix -ascii OLD-FILENAME NEW-FILENAME

    This strips the extra carriage returns from OLD-FILENAME that DOS is wont to place in the file, and writes the result to NEW-FILENAME.

The remainder of the updates for the linux machines can be seen here.


3/21/2006 - Recent software installation

On both linux and solaris machines, the following have been recently updated/installed:

  • ifinger
    Used to find a person's CIMS username given all or part of their first or last name, and vice versa.
  • xxdiff
    A very good graphical file and directory comparator and merge tool.
  • doxygen
    A documentation system for various languages.

    Doxygen can generate an online class browser (in HTML) and/or a reference manual (in LaTeX) from a set of documented source files.

On the solaris machines, the list of recently updated software is:

  • teTeX-3.0
    Contains all the commonly used TeX related programs and packages, including latex, tex, dvips, etc.

    Additionally, the following latex packages and fonts that were not included in teTeX were installed:

    • chicago (BibTeX format)
    • mathabx fonts (for TeX)
    • beamer-3.06
    • powerdot-1.3
    • pgf
    Beamer and powerdot are latex packages for making slides.
  • rsync-2.6.6
    A fast, flexible replacement for rcp
  • python-2.4.2
    A dynamic object oriented programming scripting language. It offers strong support for integration with other languages and tools, and comes with extensive standard libraries.
  • sparsehash-0.3
    Several hash-map implementations for C++
  • grepmail
    Looks for mail messages that match a pattern
  • Perl modules:
    [For Perl hackers only] A number of Perl modules were installed/updated:
    • Storable (2.15)
    • Bundle::CPAN
    • PathTools (3.15)
    • Compress::Zlib (1.41)
    • Test::Base (0.48)
    • Test::Simple (0.62)
    • Spiffy (0.30)
    • Digest::SHA (5.32)
    • YAML (0.55)

On the linux machines, notable updates include:

  • Firefox-1.5
    A browser, derived from mozilla, but faster.
  • Thunderbird-1.5
    A graphical mail client, also derived from mozilla.

The remainder of the updates for the linux machines can be seen here.


1/27/2006

The CIMS webcalendar has been upgraded. Existing calendars have been transferred over, so, aside from software improvements, the upgrade should be seamless.