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Computing Services

Email access

ENGR Webmail

ENGR Webmail

With ENGR Webmail you can access your ENGR email anywhere you can browse the web.

Configuring Email Client software

Configuring Email Client software

Server Information

Incoming mail servers

POP3 pop.engr.uvic.ca port: 110
IMAP imap.engr.uvic.ca port: 143
secure POP3 pop.engr.uvic.ca port: 995
secure IMAP imap.engr.uvic.ca port: 993

Outgoing mail servers

SMTP smtp.engr.uvic.ca port: 25 or 465

NOTE: by default, users will not be able to send email through smtp.engr.uvic.ca if they are outside the ENGR network. To circumvent this behaviour, users must configure their email client to "authenticate" during the email sending process (it is also suggested that they use SSL if the email client supports it).

Certain ISPs block outgoing SMTP traffic on port 25 (Shaw and Telus). To circumvent this, please use port 465.

Spam Filtering

Spam Filtering

The Faculty of Engineering uses SpamAssassin to check all incoming email originating from outside the ENGR network. SpamAssassin compares each email to a set of rules and then inserts tags into the email telling what rules were satisfied, the likelihood that an email is spam, and assigns a score based on what rules where satisfied.

If you wish, you can configure your email client to detect these headers and place them in an appropriate mailbox. The "X-Spam-Level" header indicates the likelihood of email being spam via a series of asterisks; the greater the number, the more likely an email is spam. Example: X-Spam-Level: *****

The UVic Computer Help Desk provides information on setting up various email clients to filter spam based on SpamAssassin headers. You will want to ensure that you use "X-Spam-Level" instead of "X-UVic-Spam-Level" when configuring your email client.

Differences between POP and IMAP

Differences between POP and IMAP

The Computer Help Desk site explains differences between POP and IMAP.

Forwarding your email to another address

Forwarding your email to another address

Here?s how to forward your ENGR email to an alternate email address:

  1. You must connect to unix.engr.uvic.ca (or another suitable host) via SSH. For details, please see:
    • Using PuTTY to connect via SSH
    • Using SSH on Mac OS X
  2. You must now insure that you are in your home directory by typing "cd" and pressing ENTER at the command prompt.
  3. You must now edit your .forward file. You may do this with your favorite command line editor or by simply typing "pico .forward" and pressing ENTER.
    • If you wish to keep a copy of incoming email in your ENGR email box and also forward a copy to another email address, enter: \ENGR_username, other_username@host.domain
    • Otherwise, to forward your email to another email address: other_username@host.domain

      You may forward a copy of your email to several email addresses by entering a comma delimited list of email addresses.

  4. When you are satisfied, use Ctrl x to exit. When asked: Save modified buffer (ANSWERING "No" WILL DESTROY CHANGES)? type y.
  5. You may check that you have successfully created your .forward file by typing ls -a .forward and pressing ENTER. This should list your .forward file.
  6. Log off by typing exit and pressing ENTER.
  7. You may want to ensure that your email forwarding is working correctly by sending your ENGR email account a test email.

Enabling an automatic reply (vacation message) to your email

Enabling an automatic reply (vacation message) to your email

Here?s how to create an automatic e-mail reply message when on vacation. This message will be sent to each user the first time that they send you email each week.

  1. Connect to unix.engr.uvic.ca (or another suitable host) via SSH. For details, please see:
    • Using PuTTY to connect via SSH
    • Using SSH on Mac OS X
  2. Ensure that you are in your home directory by typing "cd" and pressing ENTER at the command prompt.
  3. Run the vacation command by typing "vacation -I" (capital I) and pressing ENTER.
  4. The next step is to create your vacation message. You may do this with your favorite command line editor or by simply typing "pico .vacation.msg" and pressing ENTER. You may now compose your vacation message. For example:

    Subject: away from my mail

    I will not be reading my mail for a while.
Your mail regarding "$SUBJECT" will be read when I return.

  5. When you are satisfied, use Ctrl x to exit. When asked: Save modified buffer (ANSWERING "No" WILL DESTROY CHANGES) ? type y.
  6. You must now enable your vacation message. You may do this with your favorite command line editor or by simply typing "pico .forward" and pressing ENTER. You must now enter:
    ENGR_username, "| /usr/bin/vacation ENGR_username"
  7. When you are satisfied, use Ctrl x to exit. When asked: Save modified buffer (ANSWERING "No" WILL DESTROY CHANGES) ? type y.
  8. You may check that you have successfully created your .vacation.msg and .forward files by typing ls -a and pressing ENTER. All the files in your home directory will be listed, including .vacation.msg and .forward.
  9. Log off by typing exit and pressing ENTER.
  10. You may want to ensure that your vacation message is working correctly by sending you ENGR email account a test email.

Turning off Automatic Reply

Turning off Automatic Reply
  1. Connect to unix.engr.uvic.ca (or another suitable host) via SSH. For details, please see:
    • Using PuTTY to connect via SSH
    • Using SSH on Mac OS X
  2. Ensure that you are in your home directory by typing "cd" and pressing ENTER at the command prompt.
  3. To turn off the vacation feature, remove the .forward file from your account by typing rm .forward and press ENTER. You may be asked rm: Remove .forward? Type y and press ENTER.
    Log off by typing exit and pressing ENTER.

Home directory

All Faculty of Engineering undergraduate students are provided with 100MB of storage space. This includes web space, IMAP storage space and course work space.

Accessing your home directory:

307 Undergrad Drop-in Lab

307 Undergrad Drop-in Lab

When you log into a machine in the 307 computer lab, your home directory will automatically be mounted and be visible as the X: drive.

Remote access

Remote access

If you want to access your home directory from anywhere outside the ENGR network, it is suggested you use an SFTP client such as WinSCP (for Microsoft Windows) or Fugu (for Mac OS X). These programs will allow you to copy to/from your home directory and add/remove files and folders.

You may connect to unix.engr.uvic.ca

IMAP access

IMAP access

Should you choose to use IMAP for your ENGR mail delivery, your mail folders shall be stored in your home directory. When you log in to ENGR Webmail or configure your email client software to use IMAP, you will see your list of mail folders stored in your home directory.

Personal web space

Every member of the Faculty of Engineering is able to post information in their personal web space. Usage of the web space must abide by UVic Policy 6030 and the Faculty of Engineering's Standards for Professional Behaviour. Sites that have content that violates this policy may be disabled or deleted without notice.
Every member of the Faculty of Engineering is able to post information in their personal web space. Within a user's home directory (see Accessing your home directory ) ), a directory named "/home/username/.www needs to be created. All web content should be placed in that directory. It can then be accessed via http://www.engr.uvic.ca/~username.

Technical Notes:
The index page (the default page when you visit http://www.engr.uvic.ca/~username) for your site should be:

  • index.html for static content
  • index.shtml for server parsed content
  • index.php for PHP content

Shell access

  • Using PuTTY to connect via SSH
    Secure Shell (SSH) access is available to Faculty of Engineering Linux and UNIX undergrad workstations.
    Note: If your backspace key does not work correctly when you log into one of the servers, you can enter the command "stty erase [backspace key] [enter]".
  • Using SSH on Mac OS X
  • Host to connect to: unix.engr.uvic.ca

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