Physics & Astronomy
Email on the P&A Computer System
Email Received through your Stars Account
Every student in Physics and Astronomy is entitled to an
account on the Department computer system,
with email service as part of this account.
General Department announcements are sent to all these email accounts,
and a lot of less formal communication goes on, too.
It is a good idea for every Department member to check this email
- If you are logged onto a computer in the
Department Computer Room, TH 123,
you can use the Unix program pine to read and send email, open attachments,
- There is a easy way to login over the web
without having a secure-shell client installed, just using any web browser.
However, this requires an additional password which must be
obtained from the Physics and Astronomy office (415-338-1969).
- If you want to have all of your Stars mail sent to another email
account, you can have it automatically forwarded to another account
(yahoo, hotmail, earthlink, ...). See Forwarding, below.
- At present (8/2004) it is not possible to fetch mail from your stars
mailbox using a POP client.
The SMTP and POP protocols have been turned off because of security issues.
A secure POP server may be implemented in the future.
Email Through Other Internet-Service Providers
You can read other email accounts while logged onto the P&A
computer system. Other Unix systems can be reached directly using ssh.
Web-based email systems can be reached by running Netscape, Internet
Explorer, or Mozilla.
Forwarding Your Email to Another Computer System
Some people prefer to read their Physics and Astronomy email
through another email service. This can be easily accomplished by
having all of your email messages automatically forwarded to another
address. This will happen if you put that address in a file
(.forward) on your home directory on the P&A system. Here are the
steps to follow: