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From: മഹേഷ് മുകുന്ദന് | Mahesh M
Subject: Fwd: Fwd: Debian Installer - Hurd
Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 11:51:53 +0530


I just started documenting what I have done. Code standard may not be good!

Philip: So that I dont duplicate works already done, I would like to know where the code for K16 installer is. That code can be easily re-used.

Debian-Installer is supports a lot of Architectures. Many steps in the installer are obsolete wrt Hurd. debootstrap, partman, etc, packages used by the installer, may be used. And we really need the GRUB to start working!

Still the error in copying baseGNU to hdd (pager error) is present:

"(default pager): dropping data_request because of previous paging errors"

2009/5/23 Thomas Schwinge <tschwinge@gnu.org>
[Posting this to bug-hurd -- Mahesh, I hope that's fine?]


On Sat, May 23, 2009 at 11:06:57AM +0530, മഹേഷ് മുകുന്ദന് | Mahesh M wrote:
> I was able to re-master a live cd, boot it, create a ramdisk, create a
> chroot environment in ramdisk, run sh in chroot, fdisk an attached hdd and
> mount it.
> Now this is what GNU/Linux does in the current installer and thus it can be
> completely replaced. Current method DO NOT install grub. In Hurd, Grub is
> broken too.. (It doesnt know how to talk to Mach -- tschwinge). As per
> current installation, a baseGNU.tgz is uncompressed and dumped into the
> target hdd, from where a "native-install" script is used to configure some
> of the files. This can be done as of now.

Great!  Please take some minutes to properly document what you've done
and how you've done that, so that we can put this documentation online.
(Just talk to me and I'll tell you where to put it.)

> Praveen: When I run dbootstrap from within Hurd, I do get all the "required"
> file and the bin, dev, etc, usr etc folders created. But error occurs when
> it configures the packages. The dbootstrap log shows some broken pipe error
> and resource busy error. Will attach the log file soon. You had successfully
> run dbootstrap right (as the webpage tells).

That sould like some essential translators (like pflocal on
/servers/socket/1) aren't running.

> Can anyone fix the Grub. I am too young for that!

Too young, hehe ;-).  And I'm getting old, it seems: on 2005-08-23,
nearly four years ago, it was the last time that I had been looking at
porting GRUB to run on GNU/Hurd...  Anyways, I now put that stuff up on
<http://www.bddebian.com:8888/~hurd-web/open_issues/grub_legacy/>.  I
don't think that fixing the remaining bits would even be that difficult.
Perhaps Barry is willing to do that and learn a bit of programming for
enabling GRUB to access our disk drives?


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Mahesh M
Happy hacking...
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Mahesh M
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