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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 17:06:57 +0200
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On Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 05:47:41PM +0300, Sergiu Ivanov wrote:
> 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,

It doesn't really matter which one you take, as you're only testing its
HDD detection, and that hasn't been touched for a long time.

> 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

Yes, something like that.  But it can be even simpler: boot GRUB, go to
its command line, type in ``kernel (hdwherever)/it/is/gnumach'' and
``boot''.  (If you haven't installed it already, you could even boot GRUB
from a rescue CDROM, for example.)


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