werc - a minimalist document management system

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: http://werc.cat-v.org/



Note: Werc by default expects the Plan 9 tools to be installed under /usr/local/plan9/bin/, if you have installed them elsewhere you will need to edit the #! line in bin/werc.rc and customize the $plan9port variable in your etc/initrc.local.


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/yourdomain.com/, 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 (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/example.com/_werc/config 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/example.com/_werc/lib.

The source tree for the werc website is included under sites/werc.cat-v.org as an example, feel free to use it as a template for your own site.

For more details see the documentation section of the website: http://werc.cat-v.org/docs/


For comments, suggestions, bug reports or patches join the werc mailing list at: http://werc.cat-v.org or the irc channel #cat-v in irc.freenode.org

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.


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


Werc is in the public domain.