IMPORT(4)                                               IMPORT(4)

          import, 9export - exchange name spaces with a Plan 9 system

          import [ -ab ] [ -c ] [ -k keyspec ] [ -e crypt hash ] host
          file [ localfile ]

          9export [ -A ] [ -k keyspec ] [ -e crypt hash ]

          Import dials the Plan 9 host (which might be the current
          host) and makes the given file on that system visible in the
          local name space as localfile (if localfile is not given,
          file is used as the local name).  The authentication agent
          factotum(4) must be active.  (When Inferno is running on
          Plan 9, Plan 9's own authentication agent can be used, by
          binding Plan 9's /mnt/factotum to the same name in Inferno's
          own name space. See fs(3).) The remote files are accessed
          with the permissions of the user authenticated to the remote
          system by factotum.

          If the remote file is a directory, the whole file tree
          rooted at that directory is accessible, the local mount
          point must also be a directory, and the -a, -b, and -c
          options control the creation of union directories just as
          for bind(1). By default, the remote file replaces the local
          one in the name space.

          If the -e option is given, the network connection can be
          encrypted, or provided with digests to authenticate the con-
          tents, or both.  Crypt is an encryption algorithm accepted
          by ssl(3); hash is one of its digest algorithms.  Plan 9's
          exportfs normally requires 'rc4_256 sha1' on such connec-
          tions; it currently provides no negotiation of algorithms.

          The -k option gives a string of space separated attr=value
          pairs that control factotum's selection of a suitable key
          for the remote system.

          9export serves the Plan 9 exportfs protocol on its standard
          input, allowing a Plan 9 system to import parts of the
          Inferno name space in which 9export is run.  If the -A
          option is given, the caller is not authenticated, line
          encryption and message authentication are not done, and the
          Plan 9 exportfs protocol starts immediately.  Otherwise,
          factotum(4) must be accessible via /mnt/factotum as for
          import, and it is used to run the Plan 9 authentication pro-
          tocol.  The -e and -k options are as for import. Normally
          9export returns when the client closes the connection; the
          -a option causes 9export to return immediately, leaving a

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     IMPORT(4)                                               IMPORT(4)

          kernel process to serve the name space.  9export might be
          used as follows:

               listen -Av 'tcp!*!exportfs' {9export&}

          Beware that currently the name space is served with the per-
          missions of the person running 9export, not those of the


          bind(1), factotum(2), export(4), namespace(6)

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