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Frequently Asked Questions about the Pages and Shell Project


Question: When will this transition occur?

Answer: The date is Sunday, June 30. After that date, only the new versions of the Pages, Shell, and SFTP services will be available.


Question: What's changing?

A: The complete and accurate answer is very lengthy. (See "Can I check out the new shell server?" answer, below.) In summary, MySQL will not be available after June 30; shell access and SFTP will continue to be available running under Red Hat Server 6 and with new versions of related software.


Q: What are Pages ( and Shell (

A: Pages is a basic, HTML-based web hosting option that's available to all UO students, faculty, and staff. Shell ( is a command-line interface that is used to interact with the files stored in your account. See How to Login to Shell. For a more detailed explanation of shells, see command-line interface.


Q: Why are you making these changes?

A: The computers that run these services need operating system upgrades. Without the upgrades, the servers will no longer be secure.


Q: Which types of web sites are most likely to have problems once you switch to the new servers on June 30?

A: Web sites using databases, such as MySQL or programming languages, such as PHP and Perl, are most likely to have issues. Web sites based on HTML and CSS, two basic web technologies, are less likely to be affected.


Q: What are your plans for MySQL?

A: The use of MySQL on Pages and Shell has always been unsupported in the sense that Information Services made MySQL available but provides no help. It's use has been DIY (do it yourself). Some customers used this to set up websites using WordPress. Now that the University of Oregon has a free and fully-supported WordPress system, UO Blogs, we will no longer offer MySQL in Pages and Shell after June 30.


Q: What do I do if I test my website and it doesn't work?

A: Contact the Technology Services Desk to discuss options.


Q: Can I check out the new Shell server?

A: Yes. The new shell server is currently running as For a complete list of installed software, log in and type "rpm -q -a".


Q: Where can I get more information?

A:​ Contact the Technology Services Desk.