During the 2021 Winter break, we will be making some changes to the way Linux folders are seen from Windows systems. This will break some old path recipes that have been in use over the last two decades.

Paths that will be going away:

  • the U: drive (for Tier 1 Windows users)
  • the following paths seen from Windows:
    • \\unix\cecs
    • \\unix\ece
    • \\unix\solaris
    • \\unix\linux
    • \\unix\linu
    • \\unix\solu
    • Also, any variant of the above with \\unix replaced with \\unix.cecs.pdx.edu

This will affect any old drive maps that use these paths.

Note: This change does not affect paths currently being used by regular Linux users.

Going forward, use these paths:

Where you want to go Use this path instead Notes
Personal externally visible website folder S:\public_html
public_html folder for hosting web pages. 
Old U: drive contents S:\smb_files
A few older user accounts may have unconventional mappings for this location. We will work with those users to provide a path that works in the new scheme.
Top level view of Linux/UNIX home directories and primary folders \\unix\home Currently includes the following folders:
  redhat5 (gone for new users)
  solaris (gone for new users)


For Tier 3 users, \\unix should be replaced with \\unix.cecs.pdx.edu

If you are using some of these old paths, please switch to using the new paths now so that you are not affected by the change during Winter break. If there are other paths you use that you are concerned about, please let us know.

Why we’re doing this:

Over the last 7-8 years, we have been slowly adjusting the layout of the various Linux user directories for better consolidation and to make security permissions more modular. Soon, we will be removing some older and redundant Linux folder access paths that have been available to Windows users. These changes are needed to more selectively lock down some of the folder permissions.