Would I have to rent and configure a server or something? I'm sort of new to unix, but when I was in school I had this nifty setup where I could ssh from any terminal in linux or mac or putty in windows and point it to an address like

ssh pc7.cs.nameofschool.edu

then I would be taken to my own directory in their cloud where I could code and save files and make directories. it was like my personal console that I could access from anywhere. they had redhat installed as i recall and they had access to gcc as well as g++ compilers which was awesome! How do I do this now that I am out of school and they deleted my files! I'd rather not spend any money on it but if it weren't too outrageous I would consider it. Thanks! I'm not too advanced a programmer but I am sort of trying to get back into it and it would be nice to be able to access an IDE/compiler from anywhere. Thanks!

closed as off topic by Renan, jasonwryan, rahmu, Michael Mrozek Mar 3 '13 at 3:20

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  • I'm voting to delete your question because it's hard to understand what you're asking. Do you need access to a server accessible over the Internet and that'd be running Linux? If that's the case, that question is really off-topic on this website. – rahmu Mar 3 '13 at 3:05
  • wow why you so mean man im new to this. After looking at a couple of answers I guess the service I am seeking is a shell provider service. – user2102154 Mar 3 '13 at 3:21

You can try various free Unix shell providers. SDF, Blinkenshell or Anapnea come to mind. They do offer build tools, and vim.


Never do this, use a remote repository instead, i.e git.

But if you insist, here's two working solution,

  1. Use scp protocol within VIM, i.e gvim scp://konimi@vim.org//var/www/html/tips/add_tip.php
  2. Mount remote directory through SSH protocol, i.e sshfs, that way you can edit it locally, and you open another shell to execute make.
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    Er. I don't think he's asking how to edit files remotely; he's literally looking for a shell provider since he can't use his school's anymore – Michael Mrozek Mar 3 '13 at 1:23

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