When showing examples of commands, the $ symbol precedes the actual command. So, the other lines are the output obtained after executing the command. An example invoking the ls command follows:

$ ls
In some examples we refer to your portal name as the PORTALNAME you have on FutureSystems.
In some examples we refer to your local computers name as USERNAME. Your portal name and your local name may be different.
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Using the Notebooks

The material provided in this documentation contains a number of IPython notebooks. Naturally, you do not have to do that, but it may provide you with an easy way to try and run the examples. These notebooks can be executed or accessed through the IPython notebook. We recommend that you set up the cloudmesh server software on the machine where you run the iPython notebooks on. If it is your desktop or Laptop, you can follow the instructions given in the quickstart setup guide.

However, before you can use them you also have to download and install cloudmesh on the machine where you will be running the notebooks from. The installation of cloudmesh is documented elsewhere in this document.

In addition you will need to install the notebook documents locally. You need to run the notebook server from the directory that contains this material. This can be easily checked out from git hub in the following way:

$ git clone

One you have downloaded the learning documentation form github, you need to cd into the directory with:

$ cd introduction_to_cloud_computing

Install additional requirements with requirements:

$ pip install -r requirements.txt

Next you have to compile the information with:

$ fab doc.html

Now you can start the notebook server with:

$ fab doc.notebook

You can now visit them and execute them. To view the information locally you can say:

$ fab doc.html

A link to the list of notebooks will be provided in the sidebar menu.