July 23, 2023
The folder "/pub/dropbox" is a temporary storage location for transferring data to other users of the ERISone cluster.
- "/pub/dropbox" is only accessible from the cluster filemove nodes
- Please promptly copy data placed here for you and delete the dropbox copy
- Do not store the only copy of any data here
- Please do not run any computational work on data located here
- Data remaining for more than 30 days will be automatically deleted!!
- Comply with all HIPAA guidelines.
- The owner of data in this folder takes responsibility for data privacy
- Do not make data "world readable" using the 'chmod' command unless it contains no Protected Health Information (PHI) or Intellectual Property (IP)
Use of the Dropbox Folder
In this example, text in black font is typed into the terminal, text in grey font is output from the terminal and not typed
- open an "ssh" session on the a filemove node (replacing you123 with your Mass General Brigham ID)
- search for the Mass General Brigham Login ID of the recipient by first or last name using the 'finger' command. For example to search for user John Doe:
Login: abc01 Name: John Doe
Directory: /PHShome/abc01 Shell: /bin/bash
- make a folder indicating the creation date ("2013-07-30" in this example) and intended recipient (eg. "abc01")
- copy all files to be transferred into the folder (replacing the example path with your newly created folder)
cp sharedfile1.zip sharedfile2.zip /pub/dropbox/2013-07-30_for_abc01
- give read, write and directory permission to the recipient, for example:
setfacl -R -m u:abc01:rwX /pub/dropbox/2013-07-30_for_abc01
- finally provide the recipient with the path to the shared files and a link to this FAQ document
- open an "ssh" session on the cluster login node
- copy the contents of the shared folder to your data or home folder, using the folder path provided by the sender, for example:
cp -v /pub/dropbox/2013-07-30_for_abc01/* /data/my_lab_folder
- Once satisfied with the transfer, remove the sent files from dropbox, for example:
- The "2013-07-30_for_abc01" folder itself can only be removed by the sender
Notes on Access Control Lists (ACLs)
- We are using "Access Control List" (ACL) permissions to share the data with the intended recipient(s) or recipient group. These supplement the standard Linux permissions for "Owner", "Group" and "Other". For example, to share the file "sharedfile.zip" with user "abc01", execute the command
setfacl -m u:abc01:rw sharedfile.zip
- or with group "lab02"
setfacl -m g:lab02:rw sharedfile.zip
- And to view the current permissions on the file use
- Or remove all "ACL" permissions
setfacl -b sharedfile.zip
- for more information use the command 'man setfacl' or google "Linux ACL"