eve, iseve – privileged user
is a null-terminated string containing the name of the owner of
the Plan 9 system (sometimes called the ‘host owner’,
The identity is set on a terminal to the name of the user who logs in.
It is set on a CPU server to the
obtained either from NVRAM or by a console prompt.
The initial process created by system initialisation is given the
returns true if the current user is
Several drivers use
to check the caller’s identity
before granting permission to perform certain actions.
For example, the console driver allows only the user
to write a new identity into the
The privileges are strictly local and do not extend into the network
(in particular, to file servers—even ones running on the local machine).