If you are running a RCE desktop session from a Windows client, you are probably used to using ctrl+c for copying and ctrl+v for pasting. Terminals remap these functions to shift+ctrl+c and shift+ctrl+v, respectively. The ctrl key is used for specific operations, such as terminating command-line operations (ctrl+c). You can also right-click in the terminal to copy and paste.
The default window behavior in the RCE uses the focus-follows-mouse model, in which the user selects windows by merely pointing at them, and the selected window jumps to the foreground. To change this behavior go to:
Applications → RCE Utilities → Change Windows Focus Behavior
The simplest way to share files with collaborators in the RCE is to use a "project space," which is a folder you all have access to. Send us a support request asking for a "shared project space" and we will create one for you. Be sure to include the names of your collaborators.
Once you have a "project space" it will be linked from your RCE home directory under ~/shared_space/ by the name of the project. You may request more than one project space, but limitations on storage allocation apply.
Grant your collaborators access to the files you create in the project space:
There are two ways to allow your collaborators access to the files you create in a project space. First and simplest -- do nothing. We run an automatic process each night that will change the permissions on your project files so that any permissions you have will also be granted to your project group.
If, however, you want to grant your collaborators immediate access to project files you have created, run the fixGroupPerm.sh command, as described in Projects & Shared Space.
Change your default file creation mode (optional):
If most or all of your work in the RCE is done in collaborative project spaces, you may want to change the default file creation mode (i.e. the file access permissions) for your RCE account so that all files you create can be modified by members of the group which owns them.
Many common statistical applications are already available, pre-installed in the RCE. If you need additional software for your work in the RCE, you are free to download, build, and install software within the space that has been allocated for your RCE home directory and project space.
When you run your configure script, give it an argument of --prefix=$HOME.
If the software you need is available from a trusted repository, we may also be able to add your software to the list of default applications in the RCE. Please contact us with your request.
There are several troubleshooting steps to take if you cannot log in to the RCE desktop:
Check you are not over quota
This is the #1 reason people become locked out of the RCE. If your home directory is over the 500MB quota, you will not be able to start a new NX session. See How do I check RCE and project disk quota? for information on cleaning up your home directory.
Your "quota" is a limit on your data storage space.
Types of Quotas
User Quotas: Each RCE user has a separate home directory quota of 500MB. Please note that when you move files to your Trash, they still count against your home directory disk quota until you empty your Trash, regardless of where they were moved from.
Group Quotas: Each research project in the RCE is designated a "group" and each group is given a "project space" with a separate quota. You may also have a personal group with only yourself as a member and a project space for your personal social science research projects. This is where we recommend you store large files, secure confidential data, and build custom software.
To check your quota, first open a terminal window on an RCE server...