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Using Ceilidh as a Student

There are two ways of calling the Ceilidh system. Ceilidh may be used to support several courses in your department. You can either enter the system at a general level, and then choose the particular course you are studying, or you can enter directly into the particular course you are interested in.

To enter the system at the general level, the appropriate command (which should have been set up by your computer systems administrator) is

        	xceilidh (Xwindows version --- recommended)

	ceilidh (text based version)

Upon issuing the command xceilidh (or ceilidh) you will be greeted with the menu shown in figure .

Note: Example menus are shown in this document. Menus seen in practice may vary slightly from those shown, since the actual menu you are offered reflects only those facilities available at the time.

xceilidh is the X-Windows based version which you should use as it is easier and more intuitive. However, the text based version ceilidh does have a few more features. These are not that important though. I will list features of both. ceilidh uses abbreviations for commands. xceilidh has buttons to press

(text version is like this)
    CEILIDH system level menu
     lc    list course titles          | sc   move to named course
     vp    view papers                 | pp   print papers
     clp   change printer              | h    for more help
     co    make a comment to teacher   | q    quit this session
     fs    find student                | ft   find tutees
    System level command:

Fig. System Level Ceilidh Menu

This is the "system" level of Ceilidh and represents a department wide view of the system.

The commands which are available at this point are as follows.

(text ceilidh only) in X the courses available appear on main window.This command tells you which courses are available and supported by the Ceilidh system, their full title and their abbreviation.

(text ceilidh only) If you are interested, you can use the vp command to view various papers describing the workings of the Ceilidh system. A typical response to this command would be The stored papers are:

             ASQA   : Automated Software Quality Assessment
             CAL   : The Ceilidh Courseware System
             CLI   : The command line interface ceilidh
             Courseware : Courseware to support the teaching of programming
             Install : Installer's Guide
             Oracle  : The "oracle" output recogniser
             Qu-ans  : The question/answer marking program
             Student : Student Guide to Ceilidh
             Teacher : Teacher Guide to Ceilidh
Choose a paper :

which lists a selection of the available papers. If you reply with the short name of the paper (the first word on the line), the paper will be shown on the screen a page at a time through a paging command such as "more". Diagrams may not appear correctly.

It is possible to print a given paper which looks interesting using the pp command. Some papers containing diagrams may not view or print nicely on devices without appropriate facilities.

(Help button) The h command offers a little more information on the significance of the different commands available to you in the Ceilidh system. This command is available at various points when you are using Ceilidh, and should give help relevant at the time.

(Exit button) This is the "quit" command to leave the Ceilidh system, and to return to your ordinary UNIX shell.

For courses with student registers, the following commands are also available

(Find Student Button) To find details about any student registered on any of the courses supported by the system.

(Find Tutor) To find details of the tutees of a specified tutor.

See below for discussion of the clp and co commands, both of which occur at many places in Ceilidh.

In general you will wish to move fairly soon to work on a specific course which you are studying. A particular course is entered using the sc (select course) command highlighting c course in window or by typing for example


followed by return to enter the course "c" in text based version. (You must use lower case/upper case (small and capital) letters exactly as requested. If the given name is not a valid course, all available course names will be listed and a valid one should be selected.)

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Wed Sep 14 10:06:31 BST 1994