How To Change Writing Server Password

Note: If you are setting up a new account, I will send you a default password separately via Penn’s Secure Share service.

To change your password:

On a Mac computer, open “Terminal” (in Applications->Utilities) and connect to the writing server by entering┬áthe following command:
ssh yourpennkeyhere@writing.upenn.edu

It will ask for your password. Enter your current password, if you know it — or — the default password I sent you.

Now that you are connected to the Writing server, enter the following command:
passwd

This will prompt you for your current password followed by a request for the new password you would like to use followed by the enter key. Note that your password cannot be based on a dictionary word, so you might have to be a bit creative. You will have to confirm your new password by entering it a second time.

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