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Faculty, staff, and students have their own personal web space at<DuckID>. This space is for web pages, graphics, and document storage.

Uploading Files to Your Web Space

For one reason or another, you may want to access your<username> web space here at the University of Oregon. For example, a teacher requires you to set up a website for an assignment, for personal use such as creating an online portfolio, or just wanting to be able to access some files anywhere.

To connect to your<DuckID> web space, see Uploading Files to Your Web Space.  The folder that contains your web space (and thus your documents, additional pages, images or videos) is the public_html folder.

Shell Access

Shell access gives you access to your account through a terminal program. By enabling this option and logging in, you have UNIX access to your files. For help on logging in, see How to Log into Shell.  You do not need to enable shell access to create pages, but it can give you a number of additional development and debugging tools.

Web server logs are available in the /var/log/apache directory on the shell server.  These logs are:

  • /var/log/apache/access_log: records accesses to web pages.  You can use this log to see how often your web pages are accessed and from where.
  • /var/log/apache/error_log: records errors in page accesses.
  • /var/log/apache/suexec_log: records access to CGI pages.

The last two log files may be helpful if you are trying to debug problems with your pages.

Additional documentation on Shell can be found here, which includes hardware description, how to log in, and using the server.

Space Limitations

The files you upload to your web space count against the amount of space you have to store files. The limit is 50GB.