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Re: FTBFS on GNU/Hurd

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: FTBFS on GNU/Hurd
Date: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:55:10 +0200
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OK, now for the real issue:

> configure:6577: checking for the Guix system type
> configure:6579: result: i686-


> ERROR: In procedure scm-error:
> ERROR: bootstrap binary not found "tar" "i686-"

Currently the distro within Guix is only available for GNU/Linux, i686
and x86_64.  So the error we see here is just a graceless way of saying
“not ported yet”.  I’ll change ‘configure’ to just error out when
running on an unsupported platform.

Now, porting the distro to GNU/Hurd is part of the plan.  That will
require packaging all of the Hurd (the Hurd itself, GNU Mach, MiG,
libpthread, and the Hurd’s glibc).

This is doable (I already did that for Nix), but I would really want to
use published tarballs, instead of packaging random Git checkouts of all
that.  Unfortunately the Hurd folks probably feel little incentive for
releasing source tarballs given that the project is closely tied to
Debian currently, for which source releases are not so important.

So anyway, that’s the situation.


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