GCP (EGG) Software README
Setting up to host an egg for the Global Consciousness Project
The experiment produces data and stores them on your local disk as well
as shipping the data to the central server. You will want to create a
separate directory for the egg material. If you have a computer sent
from the GCP, the directory will be /home/egg. The software will create
within that directory subdirectories to store the data. The storage
load is not large (see the architecture document on the website,
http://noosphere.princeton.edu, for more detail. After some months
you may wish to remove old data, but leave two or more months' data for
The program you need to run is eggsh. It uses a configuration file
called .eggrc, and you must edit the line near the end to enter your IP
address. This should be a fixed IP address if possible, but the basket
software can accept data from eggs at dynamic addresses. A file called
sample.eggrc or eggrc.mod can be renamed to .eggrc if the .eggrc is not
present. The "joe" editor is relatively user-friendly.
If the program does not run, you may need to recompile on your machine.
There is a makefile. Do make clean, then make.
The sample .eggrc file specifies the first serial port, and if you are
using a different port, you must change that specification.
The sample pppscript file assumes you will have a fixed IP. You will
have more appropriate pppscript and pppchat models at the time you are
Let us know about ways to make this process simple and efficient. Write
down your experiences and difficulties, and send to us any useful notes
that can be part of the instructions for other hosts.
RDN, last update: 99-03-14