I have been recently learning about 9front, a modern distribution of plan9.
I installed it on my Thinkpad x220 laptop. Since my laptop uses a Realtek wifi card, I did not get wifi, so I had to do some weird ethernet connection things with my desktop. Needless to say, I got it working by adding Ethernet out of my desktop with NetworkManager on Linux.
Amavect on irc very kindly walked me through the process, so I want to have it here for my future self as well as anyone why wanders by with the same question.
To start we need to specify ourselves as the auth server. This is done by editing /lib/ndb/local database. Here is mine:
# # files comprising the database, use as many as you like, see ndb(6) # database= file=/net/ndb file=/lib/ndb/local file=/lib/ndb/common # # entries defining the dns root. these will be overridden by any # authentic info obtained from the root. # dom= ns=A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET ns=B.ROOT-SERVERS.NET ns=C.ROOT-SERVERS.NET ns=D.ROOT-SERVERS.NET ns=E.ROOT-SERVERS.NET ns=F.ROOT-SERVERS.NET ns=G.ROOT-SERVERS.NET ns=H.ROOT-SERVERS.NET ns=I.ROOT-SERVERS.NET ns=J.ROOT-SERVERS.NET ns=K.ROOT-SERVERS.NET ns=L.ROOT-SERVERS.NET ns=M.ROOT-SERVERS.NET # # because the public demands the name localsource # ip=127.0.0.1 sys=localhost dom=localhost sys=cirno ether=f0def16da6f3 ipnet=dojo ip=10.42.0.0 ipmask=255.255.255.0 ipgw=10.42.0.1 authdom=dojo auth=cirno cpu=cirno fs=cirno
My “hostname” is
cirno, my network name is called
10.42.0.1 is my NetworkManager dhcp server thing. My ip on my Thinkpad is
I had to get this file right and check it with
netaudit to make sure everything worked. Then I needed to change
/n/9fat/plan9.ini in order to get
auth/keyfs running by default and listening on port
567 for the cpu server.
Then I needed to be still in the
auth/keyfs daemon namespace and make a password in
If the user was not default, I needed to install the user to the fileserver.
In the boot menu here is what I put in:
authid: glenda authdom: dojo secstore key: <password for glenda> password: <password for glenda>
Then we have a shell.
I needed to run
ip/ipconfig to make the network work in the shell (i think!).
Then I could use
drawterm -h 10.42.0.61 -u glenda
on my linux machine with
auth[10.42.0.61] left blank and the glenda password as the password.
rio and I am in!!!
Hopefully my future self thanks me for this, and I owe a huge thanks to Amavect for helping me with this. The next steps is to figure out how to run rio on start (like
service=terminal) even when
Amavect said this was doable, and had something to with “services”.
For completeness, here is my
bootfile=9pc64 bootargs=local!/dev/sdE0/fscache mouseport=ps2 monitor=vesa vgasize=1366x768x32 service=cpu
Also, these fqa links deal with the same things that I talked about in this post. (I wanted to put everything in one place)