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[tlug] Plan 9 Software Ported to Unix

Thanks to Zev's demonstration last week reawakening my interest in Plan 
9, I decided that exploring it a little bit would be a good 
procrastination excuse.  I don't have a spare machine at the moment 
(and the "Plan 9 on Xen" isn't ready yet) so just doing a Plan 9 
installation wasn't practical.

My first thought was the Wily editor that I had last used 7 or 8 years 
ago.  Wily is a Unix editor patterned after the Acme editor, that still 
has a small but devoted following.  Its original author was a Python 
enthusiast, and Wily was made quite controllable by external languages.

A bit more Googling led me to a port of most of the Plan 9 software 
tree.  Not only can I run acme, but sam, plumber, and even rio are all 
available, along with the Plan 9 tool chain.  It all seems to hang 
together surprisingly well in its own tree within my Linux system.
(The current tarball's INSTALL script does not properly make the lib9 
library.  After doing ./INSTALL do:
   cd /usr/local/plan9/src/lib9
   rm getcallerpc-386.o
   mk getcallerpc-386

It would be fun to find a couple of junk small form factor machines to 
play with the real Plan 9, but until then this "port" of some of the 
tools is fine for exploration (and procrastination :-).
Jim Tittsler  7J1AJH/AI8A                            GPG: 0x01159DB6
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