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Fwd: Arch Hurd progress

From: Vikram Vincent
Subject: Fwd: Arch Hurd progress
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:34:33 +0530

Forwarding to bug-hurd

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From: Allan McRae <allan@archlinux.org>
Date: 13 April 2010 05:34
Subject: Arch Hurd progress
To: help-hurd@gnu.org


I thought I would give a bit of an overview of where the Arch Hurd
project is up to.  There are two main people doing most of the
packaging at the moment (not including me - time taken by Arch Linux
lately has restricted me to more of adviser lately...) and there
appear to be several other interested people from the mailing list and
forum thread.  So it is building up the core team it needs to get
things done.

We have passed several important milestones.   Firstly, we managed to
cross compile a booting i686-pc-gnu system.  The major stumbling block
there was gnumach.  When compiling for i686 it requires -O1 to be
used.   -O0 results in a build error and -O2 results in the boot
process stalling very, very early on.  There are no such issues for
i[45]86.  Once that was out of the way, the biggest issue we had was
getting gcc to work natively.  That took orders of magnitude more time
than getting an actual booting system. But now we have an up-to-date
and working toolchain (gcc-4.4.3, glibc-2.11.1, binutils-2.20.1).  We
have a working package manager (pacman) and have most of a minimal
development system compiled (see http://www.archhurd.org/packages.php
for the list of packages).  The current system compiles and plays
Rogue nicely!

Our main focus is getting the basic system a bit more polished, in
terms adding new software and improving current packages  (especially
re-enabling features that were disabled due to lack of available
dependencies). We are also beginning to look at basic usability setup
(which translators and devices to start, getting out of single user
mode, etc).  So we are still a while off being able to provide a QEMU
image that will represent an Arch Hurd system, but we are doing quite
well for just over three months progress.


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