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TIP We are currently migrating all machines from NIS to LDAP/Kerberos.
If you have problems to log in, please follow the instructions here: Kerberos.


  • The HPC Department announces operational issues over the GSI-LINUX-ALL mailing list! All owners of a LinuxAccount are automatically subscribed to that list.

  • If you have questions concerning user accounts please contact the User Help Desk (☎ 2515).

Reporting Issues

Beforehand you may want to browse TipsTricks and FrequentlyAskedQuestions, as well as read the "how to" documentation further down.

In case of operational issues open a trouble ticket by sending a mail to

Trouble-tickets should contain the following information:

  1. Your Linux user account name.
  2. The name of the computer you are using.
  3. The error message you receive.
  4. Possibly the command-line your are executing in a shell.

If you are referring to jobs on one of the HPC computing clusters:

  1. The job-identification number (JOBID).
  2. The path to your job wrapper script and/or the commands used to submit your jobs.
  3. The path to your application (binary), and to input and output data.
  4. Log-files and/or core dumps of crashed jobs.
  5. A reproducible example if possible.



  • FileSystems -- Where to find home-directories of other users, application software, simulation and analysis data? (LustreFs, CvmFs)
  • MachineTypes -- What is the meaning of these lx... names anyway?
  • Tips'n'tricks -- How to tweak your KDE, XFCE, ssh, Mozilla and relatives, keyboard. How to work with MS office documents, audio, video and graphics data
  • HowTo...
  • Index of all Topics


We are running Debian GNU/Linux, primarily release 8 (Jessie) at the moment. For further information on our road-map take a look at the ReleasePlan. Refer to the list of Debian books for a general overview.


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