You will need to follow this two-step process to get a useful account on Grex. There are no shortcuts. There is no easier way. Grex staff will not create accounts for users. Users create their own accounts by successfully completing Step 1 below.

1. Create An Account

Grex's web-based new account creation system is currently being replaced. In the meantime, please create your own account on Grex by using SSH to login to the "" account (leave the password blank if prompted for one). Then answer the questions and be sure to provide a valid e-mail address. Failure to provide a valid e-mail address will result in your account not being created.

Upon successful creation of your account, you will have very limited access to Unix shell commands. You will receive an e-mail with the login name you chose during the account creation process, and a temporary password. If you do not have a user name and did not receive an e-mail with your temporary password, then you did not complete the new user process and your account was not created on Grex. Try Step 1 above again.

If you did create an account with a user name and received the e-mail with your temporary password, you are ready to get increased access to more shell commands and other services. Please follow Step 2. below.

NOTE: Grex staff will not create accounts for users! Users create their own accounts as noted above. If you cannot "finger" your account name on successfully, then you do not have an account we can validate.

To check if an account exists, or if it is your account, enter the login name in the box below and submit it. This will display public information about the account if it exists. If no account information exists, then your account does not exist on Grex. Go back to Step 1 and start again.


2. Request Increased Access

Do you have an existing login name on Grex with restricted access, but want access to more shell commands and other services? In order to avoid abuse, we require new users to go through a request process to get more access. By far the easiest way to get full, unrestricted access to Grex is to simply become a member for a month for 2.00 USD (for 6.00 USD, you get a three month membership that includes voting rights in the Grex organization).

You can let your membership lapse, if you like, but your access to Grex won't change unless you leave for an extended period of time, or somehow abuse the system.

If you don't want to spend any money for more access, then you can send email to with an access request. You must have successfully completed the new account creation process in Step 1 above in order to do this. Don't forget to include your Grex login name in your e-mail request! Without it, we cannot increase your access to Grex.

NOTE: Increased access is for accounts (with login names) which already exist on Grex. If you do not have a Grex login name, follow the account creation instructions in Step 1 above. Requesting validation of non-existent accounts will not lead to a validated account.

3. Go back and follow the instructions

This third step of our two part process is necessary for those who refuse to listen and heed the instructions above, even after being reminded of them. If you still think we'll create an account for you, re-think again. Sending repeated requests for Grex staff to validate non-existent accounts and not replying to our staff's e-mail will only delay the creation or validation of your account. The first step our validators take is to see if you have a Grex account. If you have no Grex account, there will be no validation. Our reply will be to read and follow the steps on this web page. Be patient. This is a volunteer organization. People do the validation, not some automated program. Filling their inbox with multiple requests does not speed up the process. Thank you.