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werchan is a message board based on werc.

If you want to use werchan to host your own message board, read DEPLOYING.

Visit #werchan on freenode if you would like to help with werchan development.

Werc is a content management system and web (anti-)framework designed to be simple to
use, simple to setup, simple to hack on, and not get on the way while allowing
users easy customization.

For more information see the official website: and the Werc



* Plan 9 from User Space: - Or 9base-5 or later:
* An http server that can handle CGIs


Untar werc at your desired location, configure httpd to use
/path-to-your-werc-installation/bin/werc.rc as a cgi-script, it is recommended
that you make werc.rc handle all non-static files (this can be done by setting
it up as your 404 handler) and setup your virtual hosts to handle static files
by setting the document root for the domain to
/path-to-werc-installation/sites/, and create a directory for
your web site under sites/ where you can start adding content right away.

If you will want to allow updates via the web interface (eg., for wiki or
comments apps) make sure all files under sites/ are writable by the user your
cgi will run as, usually www-data, for example by doing: chown -R :www-data
sites/; chmod -R g+w sites/

If your Plan 9 from User Space installation is located somewhere else than the
standard /usr/local/plan9/ you will need to edit the first line of bin/werc.rc
and bin/prune.rc (Note that p9p is picky about where it is located, once you run
./INSTALL you should *not* move it to a different directory without running
./INSTALL again.)

For general configuration options copy etc/initrc to etc/initrc.local and
customize it as needed. Site (and directory) specific options can be set in a
sites/ file inside the site's directory. To customize
templates and included files you can store your own version of the files in
lib/ under sites/

For more details see the documentation section of the website:


For comments, suggestions, bug reports or patches join the werc9 list in
google groups: or the irc channel #plan9

If you have a public website that uses werc I would love to hear about it and
get feedback about you experience setting it up.

If you want to be notified of new releases see the News section of the website
or use Freshmeat:

werchan:, #werchan on freenode, and
gentoo at member dot fsf dot org.


werc: Garbeam, Kris Maglione, sqweek, soul9, mycroftiv, maht, yiyus and many
others for their ideas, patches, testing and other contributions.

werchan: thedoctor, that guy who was on IRC once, Squid, and the werchan community.


Werc is in the public domain.

werchan is in the public domain. Alternatively if your prefer it or your
country's brain dead copyright law doesn't recognize the public domain werchan
is made available under the terms of the MIT and ISC licenses.

werchan's markdown processor (bin/werchan-markdown*) depends on blackfriday and bluemonday, which are licensed under the Simplified BSD License.