Shell Server

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Runciman is a shell server maintained by HackSoc for the use of members of the society.

Shell Accounts

Shell accounts are only available for paid members of the society, in order to request one either speak to a member of the committee, or email

To prevent abuse, accounts are restricted. There are three tiers, which currently differ only in the process limit:

1.5GB disk, 6GB RAM, 50 processes
1.5GB disk, 6GB RAM, 150 processes
1.5GB disk, 6GB RAM, 500 processes

All new accounts start out small, but if you need more resources, and can explain why, you may be able to get an upgrade.

All users with shell accounts are required to have read the Bytemark Acceptable Usage Policy. Any users who we (or Bytemark) believe to be in violation of this, or who are otherwise causing any problem which affects other users, will receive a warning, and may lose their account.


All users with a shell account have ~/public_html and ~/private_html directories:

This space is subject to the same disk quota as usual.

IRC bouncer

There is a ZNC server running on Runciman, speak to your Infrastructure Officer to get an account set up (available to all paying members). Connect from your IRC client via:

Minecraft server

There is a vanilla Minecraft server (1.12.2) running on Runciman, connect on (default port). If it's whitelisted, speak to your Infrastructure Officer or put a message in Discord.

Scheduled downtime

Runciman is scheduled to reboot at 4AM on the second Monday of each month. Services or tmuxes that you leave running will be killed, make sure they can come back up!


This server has been very kindly given to us by Bytemark, who are a wonderful company and you should definitely check them out.