Getting started in the VILLAGE
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Welcome to THE VILLAGE!

This page provides basic information about working in the VILLAGE.

If you have any suggestions about the content here, see anything out of date, or just want to help out, please say so!


There are various types of computers in the labs:

As well as other equipment: Here are instructions for common lab software tasks:


You'll find a variety of books and documentation in the lab, such as:

  • Textbooks
  • Software documentation
  • Printed copies of programmer's manuals
Please use them!

But please do not remove them from the lab (except perhaps to photocopy something). Documentation for commercial software, in particular, cannot be easily replaced.

Rutgers also allows us to have extensive on-line reference resources:

Lab mailing list

The lab mailing list is "villagers@cs" - use it!
(Add when sending email from outside Rutgers.)

Don't think it's just for announcing lab meetings! People will be happy to see messages like these:

  • I'm giving a practice talk -- can you attend?
  • There is leftover (free) food in the playroom.
  • I'm planning on exploring the olfactory modality in conversational interfaces. Any suggestions on software packages I can use?
  • If anyone lost a priceless Ming vase, it's in the lab.

Disk space

You should use the shared disk space (/farm/village and /koko/village) for your projects, and for storing data. (This space is not for personal use.) This space is regularly backed up regularly by LCSR staff.

Note: /farm is being phased out; we hope that when it is finally gone, that /farm/village will just become a link to /koko/village, but no guarantees on that.

The directory /koko/village/usr is a place where you can create your own storage directory (typically named with your userid) for working on projects. To do this (for instance, for the user xyz), at a UNIX shell prompt, just type:

   mkdir /koko/village/usr/xyz

Please read about file protections, in case you want to make this area private.

If you'd like, you can also set up a place in your home directory which is a link (a file alias) to this space. Suppose you wanted to create a file called work in your home directory that was a link to /koko/village/usr/xyz. Here is how you would do that:

   ln -s /koko/village/usr/xyz ~/work

There is also a very large amount of not backed-up accessible from research machines as /filer/tmp. If you want to store something lab-related, please use /filer/tmp/village; otherwise just make your own directory. Remember that while this space seems to always be there, it is not backed up. So don't store your only copy of something there!


The nearest printer is core3 in CoRE 302; dcs in Hill 381 is a close second. Both can print two-sided. These printers are maintained by LCSR. If you have problems, email help@cs.

There is a Xerox Phaser 8400 color printer in RuCCS (the name of it is on the printer). When you log into the Suns in that lab, your printer is set automatically. We maintain and pay for supplies for this printer. To set up this printer on your laptop, use the CD next to the printer.

Wireless network

The LCSR wireless network LAWN is available in both labs.


The lab owns five Matlab licenses; it's available for both PC and Sun. It's administered using a license server; this means that to run Matlab, it "checks out" a license that's running on an LCSR machine. This means that you shouldn't leave your copy of Matlab running for a long time (i.e. overnight) when you're not using it.

The VILLAGE logo

Various versions of the VILLAGE logo are available in /koko/village/logo.
Included are various tif files (with different colors, and at different resolutions) and an eps file (which is resolution independent). See the README file for details.


Information about making posters (for decorating the lab, or for the DCS Open House, for instance), as well as a template Illustrator file is in /koko/village/poster.