Thursday, 17 July 2014

Project passwords for Oracc 3

If you are the manager of a project, please contact your liaison to obtain a temporary new Oracc password. You will not be able to log into your Oracc project without it. There is no hurry to do this: please wait until you need to use your project account again.

Logging in for the first time

Even if you and your project editors normally access your Oracc project using Emacs or Aquamacs, the first time that each of you logs in after the password change you must use Terminal or PuTTy in order to initialise the secure connection. Instructions are on the Emacs Setup help page.

In addition, depending on your computer's security systems, Terminal or PuTTy may tell you to delete your known_hosts file, and will tell you where to find it. To delete this file it is easiest to use Emacs: type ctrl-x ctrl-f and enter the filename (on Macs it is ~/.ssh/known_hosts). Simply delete the contents of the file, save and close it. Then go back to Terminal/PuTTy and try the log-in again.

Changing the password

On your first successful log-in you should change your temporary password into another strong password. It must be:

  • at least eight characters long
  • composed of a mix of upper and lower-case letters and/or digits and/or punctuation (i.e., at least 3 of these 4)

When you have decided on a suitable password, type passwd at the Terminal prompt, then follow the instructions. You will be asked to type the temporary password first, then your new one, twice.

In Oracc 3, you do not need to share your project password with your liaison, as they have their own passwords which allow them to work on your project when needed.


If you have any problems or questions with the initial log-in, please contact your liaison.

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