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Re: Where to run the Hurd

From: Sergiu Ivanov
Subject: Re: Where to run the Hurd
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2009 17:47:41 +0300
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)


On Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 03:07:53PM +0200, Thomas Schwinge wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 01:12:40PM +0300, Sergiu Ivanov wrote:
> > 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.

Suppose I take the gnumach executable I'm using presently under QEMU,
put it on the partition I have created on the old computer for the
Hurd, then create a GRUB entry similar to the one I'm using at the
moment. Is this the right course of actions or did you mean something
else by saying ``boot a GNU Mach kernel''?
> 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.

Oh, yes, indeed, I forgot that testing Zheng's suite would require
changing pfinet :-(


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