Base2plan9

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The base2plan9 project aims to offer drop-in replacements for various central parts of the Arch linux base system.

IMPORTANT: Do not expect 100% drop-in replacement and compatibility. Certain utilities may not exist and for those that do, there may be missing options. One purpose of this Wiki is to document missing features and the problems they cause (in order to device work-arounds). Make sure that the replacement(s) that you install fill your needs before proceeding.

Why change GNU (and other base components) to Plan9(port)?

In contrast to the base2busybox project, the size gain is not as much of a compelling reason. Other reasons could be:

  • an interest and devotion to Plan9 and its post-UNIX ambitions
  • anti-GNU sentiments
  • out of curiosity

Supporting binary sources

Currently, the gnu2plan9-coreutils packages need support to offer a drop-in replacement of GNU coreutils. This is at the moment provided by busybox and the gnu2ucb Heirloom profile. Ideally, missing functionality should be patched up with projects more closely aligned to Plan9, like Inferno and Goblin.

gnu2plan9-coreutils

Busybox

Busybox is needed for the following utilities:

   readlink [ base64 hostid mktemp stat tac chroot

Missing utilities

Some utilities are not offered by neither Heirloom nor Busybox.

/bin

   dir dircolors shred vdir 

/usr/bin

   chcon link nproc pinky ptx runcon sha224sum sha256sum sha384sum sha512sum shuf stdbuf timeout truncate unlink