To access CSIL from MacOS, you can use the Terminal command, and type the following, replacing
cgaucho with your ECI/CSIL username:
NOTE: For Fall 2020, we are asked to no longer use
csil-01 through csil-48, but only
csil.cs.ucsb.edu. This is a change from previous quarters.
If try to run a program that uses a Java GUI, or any other type of graphics window, and you get this message:
no display name and no $DISPLAY environment variable
then there are two options:
- Use the Remote Desktop option (see below)
- Use X11 with XQuartz (see below)(though ECI notes that X11 is deprecated as of Fall 2020)
then you need to install XQuartz as explained below, log out, log in, and try again.
With this option, you have a window on your local computer that shows the entire Linux Desktop on the remote machine. It is different from the X11 options we used in the past.
Instructions for connecting to CSIL via Remote Desktop appear here:
- MacOS specific instructions are here: https://doc.engr.ucsb.edu/display/EPK/CS+Lab+RDP+Access+-+MacOS+Client
- You will also need the Campus VPN Client (Pulse Secure) which you can install here: https://dev-it-ucsb-edu-v01.pantheonsite.io/get-connected-vpn/pulse-secure-vpn-client-mac-os
Another option is to mount your CSIL home directory as if it were a local directory on your Mac.
This allows you, for example, to edit files on CSIL using VSCode running on your Mac.
To do this, see the instructions here: https://doc.engr.ucsb.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=3342386