The University of Vermont's Silk hosting service allows affiliates to develop and share web content using a wide variety of programming languages and application stacks. This guide will explain the common configurations and provide examples.
This documentation is a work in progress.
This document will contain examples using the UVM NetID
mynetid or the placeholder
<netid>. You should replace these with your silk account's NetID as appropriate.
You can obtain a silk account by emailing a request to Systems Architecture & Administration.
Your silk site is
http://<netid>.w3.uvm.edu. Access your site with
By default, all silk sites end with
.w3.uvm.edu and are prefixed with the
silk account's NetID, as in
mynetid.w3.uvm.edu. Some silk accounts have
sub-sites: the sub-site name is prefixed to the silk hostname, such as
Your silk web site's resources and records are all contained within the account's home directory. We'll refer to your home directory as
~/; your shell will interpret
~/ the same way.
These folders can be cleaned out, but require special SELinux security contexts for proper use. Deleting and/or replacing them may require that you restore their security contexts (see Find/Repair Broken SELinux File Contexts).
- This folder is your site's document root. Files placed within will be directly mapped onto the root of your web site. This folder also needs to be readable by the
apacheuser to allow the web server to serve non-executable files like images and CSS.
- This folder contains the web server's access and error logs for your site. It has special permissions to allow the
apacheuser to write to files within.
- PHP defaults to using this folder to store session data and uploaded files.
Publishing for the web
Files placed into your
~/www-root folder will be published by the web server for your site.
Publishing for Git
Git repositories placed in a folder directly under
~/git-root can be reached at
git://<netid>.w3.uvm.edu/<repository-name>. More information about git's simple protocol can be found in git-daemon(1).
Silk users have been assigned disk quotas to make sure that people do not accidentally fill up the system disks. You can find out what is using up disk space by
logging into your account via SSH and executing a command such as
du -ah | sort -h, which will display a list of files, sorted by size. Web server logs can often use
up a lot of disk space; you are free to compress or remove those that you no longer need.
If you find that you need additional disk space, feel free to contact Systems Architecture & Administration.