Please note that account registration at the Zaibatsu is currently closed. Gopherspace and shell accounts in circumlunar space are now available from the Mare Serenitatis Circumlunar Corporate Republic at republic.circumlunar.space. The Republic is an independently administered server, interconnected with the Zaibatsu via email, an IRC network and a federated BBS. Get an account at the Republic and you will be part of the same user community as if you had an account at the Zaibatsu. The instructions below are preserved for historical interest and in case account registration is opened again in future. -------------------- To request asylum at the Zaibatsu, you need to generate an ssh keypair to use for sftp access. On Unix-based operating systems such as Linux, *BSD or OS X, this can be performed from the command line by running the command ssh-keygen(1). Please read the man page for further details. By default, this will create two files: * ~/.ssh/id_rsa - your PRIVATE key * ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub - your PUBLIC key (if you already have another keypair with these names, you may have specified different names, e.g. id_circumlunar and id_circumlunar.pub. In order for an account to be set up at circumlunar.space, you need to provide two things: 1) Your desired username 2) The contents of your PUBLIC key file You can email these things to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do NOT send Solderpunk your PRIVATE key file or you will have to delete both key files and start the process over. You will be notified via email when your account is ready (this will usually happen within 24 hours, but this is not a guarantee). Once the account is ready, you can access your gopherspace with the sftp(1) command, as follows: sftp -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa email@example.com Replace "username" with your username, and if you specified a different filename to ssh-keygen then use that instead of id_rsa. To make your life a little easier, you can put some of these details into your ~/.ssh/config file (see the ssh_config manpage for details). The relevant section might look like this: Host circumlunar Hostname circumlunar.space User your_username IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_your_key_file With this in place, you can connect with just: sftp circumlunar Once connected, you will be in your home directory. However, if you ask sftp to run the "pwd" command, it will tell you you are at "/". This is because you have been chrooted into your home directory as a security measure. If you use "ls", you should find two things in your home directory by default. The first is a directory called "gopher". This is your public gopherspace. There are many like it, but this one is *yours*. The second is a text file called "orientation". Download this to your disk drive by running: sftp> get orientation Then use your preferred software to read it. The orientation guide will explain in detail everything you need to know about using the Zaibatsu server, and give you a brief introduction to setting up a gopherhole. Contact solderpunk if you require further assistance.