Procedure to close your math account

To assist you in transitioning to a different institution, you may keep your math account files and e-mails on our server for up to 3 months after departure. During that time we can assist you in moving files and existing e-mail (detailed steps below). After your account is closed, we can continue forwarding future incoming e-mails to your new address for a requested duration up to 3 years, and we can re-direct future incoming web requests to your new web address for a requested duration up to 3 years.

Note that future server rebuilds or other departmental infrastructure changes may prevent such a forward or re-direct from continuing for the entire requested duration, but we will strive to do so for up to 3 years.

Actively communicate your plans and wishes

  • When you know you will be leaving the department (for example, you have accepted a job elsewhere, or you have set a graduation date), please write to to tell us approximately when you will be leaving and when you would like to take care of the steps on this page, and give us two different ways to contact you in the future, for example a non-LSU e-mail address and a phone number. If your plans change, let us know.

Steps you should take before departing Baton Rouge

  • If you ever used a Windows account in our department (in an office or in the 369/385 lab), note that you cannot access these files from elsewhere. Please log in to a Windows system here, look through your Desktop and Documents folders, and move those files to your H drive (your smb/julia account), or to personal storage you have elsewhere. Please delete all your Windows account files, leaving behind an empty Windows account.

You cannot access our Windows systems remotely, so you must complete the previous step before departing Baton Rouge. If you have already left Baton Rouge, contact us to check your Windows account and assist you in obtaining those files.

Steps you should take as soon as you obtain your new e-mail address

If you obtain your new e-mail address prior to departing Baton Rouge, we urge you to complete the following steps from within our department, as we can then provide in-person assistance.

  • Use SSH to connect to, and use the following command to forward future incoming mail: echo > .forward
  • Send a test e-mail message to yourself at your old address, and confirm that it arrives at the new location.
  • Use an IMAP mail client, such as Mozilla Thunderbird, and connect it simultaneously to your old math account here and your new account elsewhere. Then create corresponding folders on your new account, select all the messages within each folder in your math account, and drag the entire group of messages to your new account. This process will slowly empty your old account while populating your new account. Delete the empty folders. You will have completed this part of the process when your old math account e-mail (all folders, not just the inbox) is completely empty.

Steps you should take as soon as you have file storage elsewhere

  • Use file transfer tools (such as Filezilla, WinSCP, SFTP, SSH File Transfer, etc) to transfer your network account files from to your new location.
  • Delete all your files at, including hidden files (whose name starts with a period), leaving behind an empty account.

Verify that your account is truly empty

  • Use SSH to connect to, and use the command du -sh ~, which reports your total account usage, to verify that your account is empty. If it isn't, our quota page has detailed instructions for locating the remaining files.

Request closure and forwarding

Once both your account and e-mail are empty (see steps above), please send us a message containing appropriate instructions along the following lines:

Math Tech Support,

I have moved my existing LSU Math e-mail and account files. My LSU Math account
is completely empty, and you may close it at your convenience.

My new e-mail address is Since I did not use an LSU
e-mail address, there is no need to forward mail.

My new e-mail address is I was actively using the
LSU Math address, and expect to receive more mail at
that address, thus would like you to please 
forward future incoming e-mail to my
new address for 3 years. I 
understand the forward may disappear sooner due to
future departmental server rebuilds or other infrastructure changes.

Since I did not have an LSU Math website, there is no need to re-direct future
incoming web requests

My new website address is I had an active LSU Math
website at the address, and would like you
o re-direct future incoming web requests to my new address for 3 years. I understand
the re-direct may disappear sooner due to future departmental server rebuilds or
other infrastructure changes.

In case you need to reach me, my telephone number is (xxx) xxx-xxxx.

Note that you may request forwards and redirects for less than 3 years (some people see such services as a source of spam and wish to limit their exposure), but no more than 3 years.