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Everything's broken (was: Debian GNU/Hurd 2023 released!)

From: Sergey Bugaev
Subject: Everything's broken (was: Debian GNU/Hurd 2023 released!)
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2023 15:12:22 +0300

Hello -- and congratulations to all involved!

Unfortunately the released installation ISO is very broken :( , which
spoils the whole thing.

Once you install it and try to boot for the first time, you are greeted
with a wall of errors about /dev//tty1 (yes, with a double slash) and
the other ttys not existing, and the login screen does not react to your
input at all. I've seen people on a certain online forum report this,
and draw a rather negative conclusion about the state of the Hurd. I've
reproduced this myself too.

If I boot with init=/bin/bash, this happens:

# ls /dev/tty1
ls: cannot access '/dev/tty1': No such file or directory

# ls /dev
ls: reading directory '/dev': Input/output error

rpctrace confirms that dir_readdir fails with EIO. Some things do work:

# ls /
(works as expected)

# ls /dev/hd0

# showtrans /dev/tty
/hurd/magic tty

# ls /dev/vcs

# showtrans /dev/vcs

I can't debug this properly myself because of the issue with GDB and
debuginfo I was talking about earlier: GDB (I've tried GDB 13.1 from
Fedora and 10.1 from Debian bullseye) just doesn't "see" the (DWARF?)
debuginfo in the .debug files extracted from the dbgsym debs. This
applies to both hurd-amd64 and hurd-i386 now.


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