What is spinweb?
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spinweb command runs a simple utility developed at
Indiana University that helps you create and maintain personal web
pages on Mercury/Mypage. To use
spinweb, at the Unix shell prompt
on Mercury, enter:
spinweb does the following:
- It creates
wwwssubdirectories, if they do not already exist. These subdirectories are where you will store your web pages.
- It creates a file named
wwwdirectory, if it does not already exist. This is a basic HTML home page that you can use as a starting point for your web pages.
- It sets appropriate permissions for the
wwwsdirectories and any files they contain, so these files will be accessible to browsers. Specifically, it makes your account's web directory accessible to web browsers by adding execute permission on your home directory for all classes of users, and it makes sure that any files in the top level of your web directory have access permissions set so that they are available via the web.
Note: It does not reduce permissions if you have previously given wider access to your files and directories than is necessary.
spinweb command has several other options:
- To overwrite your existing home page with a new, blank template,
spinweb -t. This command will:
wwwssubdirectories, if they do not already exist
- Write a new
home-template.htmlfile, even if one already exists
- Set appropriate permissions for the
wwwsdirectories and any files they contain, so these files will be accessible to browsers
- To change the permissions on your web pages so that no one can see
spinweb -d. This command will change the permissions on the
wwwsdirectories and the files they contain, so that your pages will not be served. Use this option if you want to make your pages inaccessible without deleting the files.
- To get help with
Note: If you wish, you can do everything that
spinweb does by using the standard Unix commands
chmod. For more information on
these commands, see In Unix, how do I create a new directory? and
In Unix, how do I change the permissions for a file?
Last modified on August 21, 2013.