For those with Macs, it is quite straightforward. Simply open up X11, and then at the X11 terminal prompt type "ssh -XAY [username]@ugastro.berkeley.edu" (without the quotation marks). You will be prompted for your password, and after successfully entering the password, you will have a terminal just like the one that you would have while working in the lab, meaning you can do just about anything you can do in lab.
In order to work remotely on a PC, you'll need to follow a lengthier list of steps.
- Go to Berkeley Software Central and download Exceed (the first option in the list is all you need). Install this.
- Then you'll need to get PuTTY, the terminal client, so visit this site and download the top option on that list as well. This is already an executable, so save it somewhere conveniently located.
- Now, run Exceed, which controls additional windows that get generated by the terminal, like emacs or plots in IDL.
- Open PuTTY, and in the left menu expand the SSH menu and click X11.
- In the options on the right controlling X11, select the option "Enable X11 forwarding."
- Go back to the session options.
- Under Host Name, type "ugastro.berkeley.edu" (without quotes).
- Then, down below where it says "Saved Sessions," give a name to the ugastro network (I just call it ugastro.berkeley.edu) and click save on the right.
- Finally, select the ugastro network in your list of saved networks, click load on the right, and then click open at the bottom. You will be prompted for your login name, which is the same as you use in the lab.
In all future instances of using PuTTY, you will only need to execute the last step (loading the ugastro network and opening) and step 3 where you run Exceed.