NAME
drawterm – connect to Plan 9 CPU servers from other operating systems

SYNOPSIS
drawterm [ –d ] [ –a authaddr ] [ –c cpuaddr ] [ –e encryption–hash–algs ] [ –k keypattern ] [ –s secstoreaddr ] [ –u user ] [ –C cmd args ... ]

DESCRIPTION
Drawterm is not a Plan 9 program. It is a program that users of non–Plan 9 systems can use to establish graphical cpu(1) connections with Plan 9 CPU servers. Just as a real Plan 9 terminal does, drawterm serves its local name space as well as some devices (the keyboard, mouse, and screen) to a remote CPU server, which mounts this name space on /mnt/term and starts a shell. Typically, either explicitly or via the profile, one uses the shell to start rio(1).

By default, drawterm uses the CPU server $cpu or cpu. and the authentication server $auth or auth. The –a, –c, and –s options specify alternate authentication, CPU and secstore servers, respectively. (Edit the source to set appropriate local defaults.)

Cmd is a command to be executed remotely. Options e, k, and u have the same meaning as in cpu(1).

Drawterm has been ported to FreeBSD, Irix, Linux, NetBSD, and Windows. Binaries can be downloaded from http://swtch.com/drawterm/.

SOURCE
/sys/src/cmd/unix/drawterm

DIAGNOSTICS
Drawterm prints most diagnostics in its own window.

SEE ALSO
cpu(1), rio(1)

BUGS
Although at first drawterm may seem like a Plan 9 terminal, in fact it is just a way to provide a CPU server with some terminal devices. The difference is important because one cannot run terminal–resident programs when using drawterm. The illusion can be improved by delicate adjustments in /usr/$user/lib/profile.

It would be nice to be able to change the default servers without recompiling.

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