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Re: The Hurdish Package Manager

From: Patrik Olsson
Subject: Re: The Hurdish Package Manager
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 11:42:25 +0200

On Fri, 2010-04-09 at 01:30 +0200, Arne Babenhauserheide wrote:
> Am Donnerstag, 8. April 2010 17:49:19 schrieb Patrik Olsson:
> > I have actually changed my mind by 90% now. I'll probably send in an
> > application today 
> Great! 
> > (there still is time, is there?). 
> Jepp: Exactly today. 

I have sent in the application now. :-) Am I supposed to check "make
public", or are you able to see it regardless?

> > Just not sure what
> > change I should make for that patch you want... I have virtually no
> > knowledge of the code in Hurd. I have cloned hurd.git and unionfs.git
> > from Savannah because I felt they were relevant. Cannot find anything
> > simple to change though (only complex stuff in BUGS/TODO).
> If you speak Python, you could have a look at PyHurd and add some more 
> bindings: 
> - http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/pyhurd/
> Or if you speak lisp, you could play with the lisp bindings: 
> http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/hurd/incubator.git/tree/?h=clisp

Nah, I speak neither. Besides, I don't even have the Hurd running
yet. :-) I was trying to get it working last night. Seems to not work
with Qemu. The emulator locks while the installation is formatting the
ext2 partition. I format with a Debian GNU/Linux installation disc
instead and that works fine. I go back to GNU/Hurd installation and it
takes about three hours to extract baseGNU. When it's finally done and I
restart the emulation to boot from the virtual hard disk, it never boots
(perhaps it never installed GRUB?). Wonderful. I'll try Xen next (it
also appear to have several benefits over Qemu).

I have found one thing that seems incorrect in
hurd.git/hurd/password.defs. See the parameter/field "group" in
"password_check_group"? Shouldn't it be of type gid_t and not uid_t?


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