IRSA Workspace: Documentation


The IRSA Workspace

What is the IRSA Workspace?
The IRSA Workspace is your area on the IRSA disks (disk space, or storage) where you can keep your own files: catalogs, images, IPAC table files, etc. It is proprietary to you, so you need an account at IRSA before you can use the IRSA Workspace.

How do I get an account on the IRSA Workspace? How do I log in?
See this page.

What can I do with the IRSA Workspace?
As of this writing, the following tools can all access the IRSA Workspace:
tooloperation possible with the IRSA Workspace
Catalog Search ToolSave results to the Workspace
Finder Chart Load a table for searching from the Workspace; save catalogs, images, pngs, region files to the Workspace
IRSA Viewer Load an image or catalog from the Workspace; save catalogs, images, pngs, region files to the Workspace

How can I get files from my computer into the IRSA Workspace? Or get files back from the IRSA Workspace to my computer?
You can interact with the Workspace via a command-line interface via an API, or via WebDAV. In the below, $USER is your username.
WebDAV
This method mounts the disk and you can interact with it just as with a mounted disk.
  • Mac: in the Finder, choose Go > Connect to Server, enter the address of the server in the Server Address field, then click Connect. The WebDAV server address should be : https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ssospace/$USER where $USER is your username, e.g., the email address you use to log into IRSA. To disconnect, Select the server, right-click, then choose Eject.
  • Linux: For the GNOME file browser, select "Connect to Server". Note that the prefix for the server is 'davs', not 'https'. For the server, enter davs://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ssospace/$USER
  • Windows: In Explorer, open a new location. For the server, enter https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ssospace/$USER . Can also be done with "Add a Network Location" wizard
Command line
The workspace files are located at https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ssospace/$USER, where $USER is your username, e.g., the email address you use to log into IRSA. You first need to convince the server you are who you say you are. Get a cookie from IRSA's servers.
  • Set $USER and $PASS appropriately for you, and use either curl or wget as follows: curl -c cookies.txt "https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/account/signon/login.do?josso_cmd=login&josso_username=$USER&josso_password=$PASS"
    wget --save-cookies=cookies.txt "https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/account/signon/login.do?josso_cmd=login&josso_username=$USER&josso_password=$PASS"
    The cookie will be issued by ".ipac.caltech.edu". You can also pass the username/password separately for each operation, e.g., curl -u $USER:$PASSWORD followed by the rest of your query.
  • List files: curl -b cookies.txt -u x:x "https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ssospace/$USER/"
    (this comes back in html format.)
  • Put a file: curl -b cookies.txt -u x:x -T my_file "https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ssospace/$USER/my_file"
  • Get a file: curl -b cookies.txt -u x:x -o my_file "https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ssospace/$USER/my_file"
    (Alternatively, can load https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ssospace/$USER into your browser, and save the files from the browser)
  • Rename a file: curl -b cookies.txt -u x:x -X MOVE --header "Destination: https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ssospace/$USER/my_file_moved" "https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ssospace/$USER/my_file"
  • Create a directory: curl -b cookies.txt -u x:x -X MKCOL "https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ssospace/$USER/my_directory"
  • List a directory: curl -b cookies.txt -u x:x "https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ssospace/$USER/my_directory"
  • Delete files or directories (note directories must have trailing slash '/'): curl -b cookies.txt -u x:x -X DELETE "https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ssospace/$USER/my_directory/"
  • Troubleshooting: if you have a space in your filename or directory, encode it as "%20".

How long will my files stay in the IRSA Workspace?
3 days from when you last modified them.

How do I get more help?
You can submit questions to the IRSA Help Desk.

Last Updated: 2017 Dec 15