CSID, @CS Email, Xenon

CS and CSE students receive a CSID which entitles them to an @cs email address and an account on xenon. These are good for life, assuming the student graduates from the CS department. Current students can also use their CSID's to access the PUP cluster in the basement of Gates (B21).


How do I forward my @cs email?

When first declaring, the course advisor should help you set your @cs email address to forward to an email address you check regularly. (Many students use their Stanford email address.) You can change this at any time in Pedit or by running "pedit" on xenon.

How else can I access my email?

If you want to check your email on Xenon, forward your mail to csid@xenon.stanford.edu. If you forward your mail to Xenon, it can be used as an IMAP or POP3 mail server. You can also use pine or elm. Xenon also runs a webmail client. If you want a more complicated forwarding system, you can use Xenon to forward your mail again. Log into xenon and run "/usr/local/bin/help forward" at the command prompt. This will give you a detailed description of how forwarding can be set up on Xenon.


How do I access Xenon?

Xenon is accessible through SSH. Your CSID is your username. You can log in from any unix machine on campus by running "ssh csid@xenon.stanford.edu". For security reasons, it is not possible to telnet into Xenon. You must use SSH or another secure protocol. For more information about secure login, including alternative login methods, see the CSD security page.

What can I do on Xenon?

Xenon should not be used to run coursework; it is for email and text based applications only. The two main programs that you might find useful are pedit (personal edit) and medit (mailing list edit). You can run both "pedit" and "medit" from the command line. Pedit is used to edit your personal and contact information such as email forwarding address, aliases, office location, mailing address, and telephone number. Pedit is also useful for looking up the contact information of other people's profile information. Medit is used to create and manage CS mailing lists. Both Pedit and Medit have web interfaces, accessible from the CS homepage under the "Tools" menu.

How much space do I get on Xenon?

Current CS students get a 30 MB quota and 4 MB for their mail spool directory. Alumni get a 10 MB quota and 3 MB for the mail spool directory. Quotas may also be in place on temporary directories such as /var/tmp. Use the command 'quota -v' to view quotas and usage.

I forgot my Xenon password!

If you have a problem with your password, email action@cs and visit Gates rooms 161-170 during business hours. Bring your Stanford photo ID with you.

I declared CS but still can't log into Xenon!

Declarations may take up to two weeks to process and students do not receive Xenon until declarations have been officially completed. If it has been longer than two weeks since you declared and you are still unable to log in, email the course advisor.

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Last updated on Sunday, 18-Mar-2012 22:13:36 PDT.
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