Frequently Asked Questions

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On this page you will find answers to some of most frequently asked questions about computing at Fine Hall.


Read e-mail

You can read your e-mail in one of the following ways:

  • login via ssh to or and use pine, mutt or other terminal based E-mail clients
  • use Math Dept. WebMail
  • configure your e-mail client (like Thunderbird, Mozilla, Outlook and others) to access your e-mail via IMAP by following instructions in HowTos section about E-mail configuration

Forward e-mail from Princeton to your Math/PACM account

Open up in your browser OIT Account Management Page. You will be asked for your OIT username and password. Once logged in click on "Set Email Delivery" link on the left. That will bring "Where Is My Mail Going" information - if you you haven't changed your e-mail delivery location from default it is likely to be yourusername@mail.Princeton.EDU. Click on "Change Entry" button (found next to current delivery E-mail) and on next screen forward your Priceton email by setting your primary mail delivery location to your E-mail address and then click on "Submit Changes".

Forward e-mail from your math account

To forward all of your math e-mail to another account, e.g. if you are leaving Princeton, create in your home directory .forward file that contains the e-mail address where your email will be forwarded. You can specify multiple E-mail addresses, each on its own line.

Vacation messages

Vacation messages can be set through Math/PACM webmail by going to You can also find vacation setting webpage under the "My Account" on the left side menu of the webmail.

At vacation webpage you can turn the vacation message on and off, specify the subject and content of vacation message replies and specify how often to send vacation message replies. Finally you can even set vacation start and end times.


Types of passwords

Your Math/PACM account has two passwords associated with it - the Linux/LDAP password which is used for everything except accessing the fileserver through windows file sharing (also called smb, cifs of samba file sharing) and the windows/cifs password.

Password changing

If you need to change your password you should do it through the Math/PACM webmail interface. This way your LDAP password will be changed together with your windows/cifs password and therefore this will ensure they are the same. One logged in with your current password you will be prompted for your current and new password.

You can also find password changing webpage under the "My Account" on the left side menu of the webmail.

Printing in Fine Hall

Remote connections

Computational Resources

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