Shells FAQ

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What distro is the shell server running?

Insomnia 24/7 runs on Debian stable (6.0.2 squeeze, at the time of writing) runs on CentOS 5

Requesting questions

How do I request a shell?

You go here and fill out the form.
You MUST have an invite code to request a shell on this server.
Or the rootedkernel homepage. Shell requests are currently only enabled on Sundays.

How do I get an invite?

There are two ways you can get an invite. The first, and easiest way is to know someone who already has a shell with Insomnia 24/7, they can generate an invite for you.
Alternatively, you may inquire on our IRC and talk to the staff. If you have a good reason for why you want a shell, they can generate an invite for you.

I have a shell, now how do I create an invite?

You can create an invite from the commandline by running the send-invite command followed by the new user's e-mail address.
Read the rules regarding invites here: Rules.

How long does it take for my request to be approved (or rejected)?

It varies, depending on whether or not one of our staff is currently logged in, between a few seconds and a few hours.
As a rule of thumb we always try to process your request within 24 hours.

My shell request was approved, now what do I do?

You can log in by directing your ssh client to
Alternatively if you have an account on you can direct your ssh session there.

What is an SSH client?

You should be asking yourself if you really need a shell if you need to ask this, but I digress.
On windows you can use PuTTY

Will my account expire?

Short answer: No.
Long answer: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, at least not as long as we continue to host shells.

My account has been suspended, what did I do and can it be undone?

Feel free to drop by on IRC to explain the situation. Please do keep it civil.
If a misunderstanding led to your suspension the staff may re-evaluate it.
Any decision made by the staff is completely at their discretion.

Services questions

Am I allowed to run PsyBNC/znc/shroudbnc/Eggdrop/...

You are allowed to run a wide variety of software, though wanting to run a bot or a bouncer alone isn't considered a valid reason to receive a shell. If this is what you want to do, you can visit one of the big free shell hosts. If you have doubts about a specific software package please ask us about it on IRC. Any sort of game server and mail transfer agents are disallowed by default.
We ask you to download all sources at the official websites to avoid any back-doored source. If your processes are back-doored your account can be suspended without notice.

I'm running <random server X> what ports am I allowed to use?

Ports 5000-5500 are forwarded to the shell server. You can use the 'port' command to see what ports are available to you.
For more information on ports, go here.

There is a package not installed, can you install it?

Usually it will not be a problem to install packages that are available in the debian/centos stable repository.
Drop by on IRC if you have a request.

I deleted a file I still need. Help! runs a automated backups of all home directories at 5:40am (local time), each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. does not.
For more information about backups go here.

I need help with my website

Please visit our dedicated page for this Shells_websites

How do I request an SVN repository / MySQL database?

Go to Insomnia 24/7 Usermin or Usermin and log in with your username and password.
You will find a form to request these additional resources under Applications -> Custom commands.

Can I run a game server even though it's explicitly prohibited in the rules?

No chance, you unreasonable dicks. It's a small shell host and it's resources are finite. Game servers are not allowed. Ever.

VPS questions

VPS is only available on Insomnia 24/7.

How do I request a VPS?

A VPS is not something we give out just like that. You need to talk to us in our IRC and have a solid case for why you need it and exactly what you intend to do with it.

What advantages will a VPS give me?

A VPS will give you upto 4 cores at 2.66 GHz, 8Gb of RAM, 500Gb of disk space, and root access to the machine, with an OS of your choice.
Obviously the resources you receive will be proportional to your needs.
Besides better hardware, a VPS setup can also be prebuilt with Wordpress, Mediawiki, Drupal, Acquia Drupal, SugarCRM or Joomla.

Why does my VPS not have a WAN IP?

Because I don't have any.

My question isn't listed. What now?

Your best bet is to drop by our IRC ( in #shells)
Alternatively, you can email us ( is probably your contact address)
For questions in regard to please use