Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get access?

Bates faculty can request access via the access request form. Faculty members can also use the form to request access for students–student access to Leavitt must be sponsored by a faculty member.


Where should I store my data?

Storage in your home directory on Leavitt (/home/USERNAME), is available on all cluster nodes and is the main location for short-term data storage for use on the cluster. Storage here is backed up daily, however storage on compute nodes (e.g. in /var/tmp or /tmp folders) is not, so users should be sure to save job output to another directory once their job is completed.

This storage space is intended for active use on the cluster—this is not an appropriate place for long-term data storage. For long-term storage, please transfer your files to one of our Bates network drives (Paris or Etna) or your preferred alternative such as Google Drive. The advantage of both Paris and Etna is that they can be easily accessed from Leavitt.


How do I access Etna or Paris from Leavitt?


To access Etna, login to Leavitt as usual, and then change your directory to “/usr/netapp/etna/”: cd /usr/netapp/etna/


From here you should be able to access your Etna Classes or Scholarship folder.


To login to your personal Paris folder, you will need to know where your home directory is. If you know this information you can access your Paris folder by logging into Leavitt as usual, and changing your directory to your Paris home directory: cd /usr/netapp/<user directory>

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-1-06-13-pmIf you do not have this information, you can easily find it by logging into from your terminal program. Once you have logged in, simply execute the “pwd” command which will print your home directory (“/usr/netapp/staff/kevenson” in the screenshot below).


Once you have this, simply follow the steps above to access this directory while logged into Leavitt.


How do I access Leavitt off-campus?

Access to the Leavitt cluster is restricted from outside the Bates network. However, there are still two ways to access Leavitt from off-campus:

  1. You can use a Bates-issued computer with a VPN installed and configured.
  2. You can first ssh into with your normal Bates credentials, a then from abacus ssh into


What software is available?

Software available on Leavitt changes rapidly, as new applications and packages are added for users. Please contact Kai Evenson if you have questions.


How do I request new software packages?

If you would like to request new software to be installed on Leavitt, please email Kai Evenson.


What resources are available to help me learn more about the Linux command line and/or bash scripting?

There are many, many resources available online to help you become more comfortable in a Linux computing environment.

For those who prefer video tutorials, there are several courses available (which Bates community members can access for free):

There are also many written guides available online. This is a good place to start: