Contact UsComputer Science Department
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Email: info at cs.swarthmore.edu
Copyright 2009 Swarthmore College. All rights reserved.
/scratch and /local
If you need temporary storage space, please make use of the /scratch and /local directories.
You can make a directory and plop whatever it is that you need in these directories. However, we *strongly* emphasize the word temporary for this space, as we do not back it up, and it usually gets wiped out every summer.
The /local directories are specific to each lab machine, whereas /scratch should be accessible from any lab machine.
Here's a simple example of using /local:
POPPY[~]$ cd /local POPPY[local]$ mkdir username POPPY[local]$ cd username POPPY[username]$ mv ~/largefile .
Note: new /scratch dirs -- Aug 2010
To make /scratch easier to maintain and upgrade, we now create a /scratch/username directory for each user. You can make further directories below that, if you want.
For example, if your CS account name is juser1, we already provide a /scratch/juser1 directory for you to use. Just run cd /scratch/juser1 and put your large datasets out there.