SSH Access to the ECMC Network

As of April 2001, the Eastman Computer Music Center only allows remote access to our UNIX and Linux machines by means of ssh client applications. (ssh is pronounced"sshell" and stands for "secure shell"). All other client services formerly used to allow remote access, such as telnet, ftp, rlogin and rcp, have been disabled or removed.

All ECMC machines are equipped with current versions of ssh. In order to access the ECMC Linux and Macintosh machines from your home or other computer systems, the remote (home) system MUST have an ssh client application installed. ssh client applications for Linux, Unix, Windows and Macintosh platforms are available at no charge at

If you plan to work from home, be sure to read up on ssh for your home system. ECMC users should consult sections 6.3 and 6.4 of the ECMC USERS' GUIDE for detailed information on using ssh, generating and distributing key pairs and a passphrase, and copying files to and from ECMC computer systems. The ECMC staff can answer any questions you might have. Read on for some quick ssh and scp usage illustrations...

Remote Logins Via SSH

To log into an ECMC machine via ssh, type the following command line: ssh [-l <user_name>] <machine_name> The -l user_name flag and argument only are necessary if your UID (login name) differ on the remote and ECMC systems. After this, you should be prompted for you password or passphrase. Example: User fred want to log on from his personal computer to madking. From the comfort of his home, he types: ssh -l fred Note: This example uses only the first level of ssh security -- encryption. Greater security, and, ultimately, greater ease of use, will result if fred takes the time to generate public and private keys on his home system, and distributes the public key to madking and all other machines that he regularly access remotely. See section 6.3 of the ECMC USERS' GUIDE for details.

Transferring Files Via SCP

The syntax for scp ("Secure CoPy") is similar to that of rcp (which means it is ugly). Here is an example: scp <file_name> <user_name>@<machine_name>:/<full_directory_path>/ This line will "put" a file from the machine you're using onto a remote machine. The computer will need password verification every time you use this command unless you have copied the public key from your home system to the remote system . So, to copy a soundfile from his home system to his soundfile directory on madking, our friend fred could type: scp soundfilename Below is an example that demonstrates the opposite process - copying a file from an ECMC machine to a remote system: scp <UID>@<machine_name>:/<full_dir_path_plus_file_name> /<full_dir_path_of_destination>/ To copy a file from his home Unix directory on arcana to his current directory on his home system, fred types: scp Note that there are ECMC scripts and ssh-compatible graphical applications that can spare you from the gnarly syntax of scp, but it is good to know this syntax so that you can use it in a pinch.

Security is an ever-present issue.This page will be updated with new information whenever changes in security and remote access process are made to the ECMC systems..