Web Server

The group runs its own web server - the Home Page is http://www.hep.phy.cam.ac.uk/. The actual machine that is used to serve our web pages will change from time to time, but will be always accessible via this address (for those interested in these things, the IP address is aliased). Suggestions for improvements to our web pages are always welcome.

Individual users may create their own web pages for our server to make available. These pages should be placed in the directory public_html below your Linux home directory - these will appear at URL http://www.hep.phy.cam.ac.uk/~user/. Remember that these files need to have world read access, else the web server will not be able to make them available. Users are reminded that nothing should appear in these pages that (among other things) is libellous, racist, obscene, infringes copyright or is likely to bring the Department or University into disrepute. Normally non-University organisations cannot be hosted from your pages. Pages which break these rules will be removed from the server. If you are unsure, ask one of the computing contacts.

We maintain a page for each member of the group, containing minimal contact details in a standard format. If you want your own home page to be linked from your group page, ask us. We are not prepared to replace the standard group page with a link to your home page.

Users are reminded that they must not run a web server on the departmental network without explicit permission (which will not normally be given). Unregistered servers are routinely scanned for and will be closed down if found. If you believe that you have a valid reason why you can't use the group's web server but need to have your own, by all means come and discuss it with us.

The University has introduced a campus-wide web authentication service, to provide web server with a standard mechanism to restrict access to certain pages. The service is called "Raven" and details are available from its home page. Though our web server does not at present take advantage of this service (apart from in one or two specialised corners), getting a Raven account is now essential as many other servers take advantage of it. Look at this web page for details on how you get your Raven password.

Steve Wotton
and John Hill Last update 14 May 2013.