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Running 9front under OpenBSD VMM

OpenBSD > 6.7 is required to run 9front. At the time of writing that requires running -current.

Read the FAQ entry, especially the networking part.

Since VMM doesn’t provide any display functionality, 9front’s console has to be redirected to virtual serial port by adding console=0 to plan9.ini. It makes sense to also use display=none while at it.

Note that even though you might not have a chance to modify plan9.ini before booting, stopping boot process with an early hit of a key, typing an additional configuration in, and then boot<ENTER> is ought to work. Running drawterm is out of scope here though.

Example of /etc/vm.conf:

   vm "9front" {
          disable # "enable" if you're brave
          memory 2048M
          disk "/path/to/9front.qcow2"
          #cdrom "/path/to/9front.iso"
          owner your_username_here
          interface {
                 lladdr 52:54:00:00:EE:03
                 switch "uplink"
          }
   }

   switch "uplink" {
          interface bridge0
   }

If connecting from outside of the host is required, perhaps a tweak of /etc/pf.conf might help:

   pass in on egress proto tcp from any to any port 564 rdr-to 10.0.2.2
   pass in on egress proto tcp from any to any port 567 rdr-to 10.0.2.2
   pass in on egress proto tcp from any to any port 17019 rdr-to 10.0.2.2

10.0.2.2 is the IP address 9front VM gets, in this case, ie /etc/hostname.vether0 has inet 10.0.2.1/24.

Proper /lib/ndb/local is required.

Notes