Editing Files on Katana

Katana (and other clusters) are self contained systems that have their own storage for performance and reliability reasons. The downside of this approach is that it can be difficult to edit the files that you are working with if you are not familiar with one of the editors installed in Linux on the cluster.

Thankfully there is an easier way.

Using FileZilla to Edit Katana Files From Your Computer

If you look at the storage section of this web site you will see information about using a SFTP client to copy files into and out of Katana using the Katana Data Mover (KDM). This will let you copy files to your local computer to be edited using something like Notepad++ (https://notepad-plus-plus.org) if you happen to be a Windows user or TextWrangler (http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler) if you are a Mac user.

To do this simply work through the following steps.

  1. Download and install the FileZilla sftp client from https://filezilla-project.org if it is not already installed on your computer.
  2. Within FileZilla set up a connection to the Katana Data Mover (KDM) server. The information that you need for the connection is:
    1. Host: kdm.science.unsw.edu.au
    2. Username: z3442186
    3. Port: 22
  3. If you are having problems this can also be written as sftp://z3442186@kdm.science.unsw.edu.au.
  4. Now connect to KDM and when you are connected right click on a file and select “View/Edit”.
  5. You may be asked what program you want to use to to edit these files.