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Re: Where to run the Hurd

From: Thomas Schwinge
Subject: Re: Where to run the Hurd
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2009 15:07:53 +0200
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On Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 01:12:40PM +0300, Sergiu Ivanov wrote:
> However, when I do apt-get update, it (very slowly) fetches me
> ~800B, then hangs for around 6-7 minutes and then stops with warnings
> and errors about failures in fetching data.
> Taking into consideration that neither antrik (running Hurd on bare
> metal) nor Zheng (running Hurd not in QEMU) experience no problems of
> the kind, and, moreover, when antrik tried the exact sequence of
> commands I had used, it worked for him, I suspect QEMU's user-space
> network of getting into the way of eth-multiplexer in my case.

It may indeed be a QEMU issue, or it may be something else.  Testing the
individual components (as Zheng Da just suggested in his email) is the
right way to figure that out.  Of course, your suggestion to test it on
another host system (architecture) will also give input to that matter.

> I put much hope into my old box, but I forgot that it had some weird
> software RAID stuff embedded into the motherboard, which I cannot turn
> off. When I tried to install Debian Hurd on this box, the installation
> system could not detect my hard drives at all.

The installation system is an old Linux 2.2 (?) one, but if that one has
problems detecting your HDs, then GNU Mach likely also will have.  To
check that, you could simply boot a GNU Mach kernel on it (just the
kernel, nothing else) and have a look at the kernel messages.  Perhaps
we're lucky.

> Also, I remember Zheng having been given an account on flubber (I hope
> I remember things well) last summer and I wonder whether it is
> possible for me to get an account too :-)

Sure.  I'll talk to you on IRC about it.

I'm obviously a bit reluctant to replace flubber's pfinet with the
in-progress one, but what I can offer is that you get a separate Xen domU
on zenhost (where flubber is also running on) and you can do in that one
whatever you want.


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