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Re: Help-hurd Digest, Vol 33, Issue 6


From: Alfred M\. Szmidt
Subject: Re: Help-hurd Digest, Vol 33, Issue 6
Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2005 10:59:30 +0200

   The installation guide does not seem user-friendly:

Would you like to make it a bit more userfriendly?  You could do that
by grabbing the install guide, and updating with any comments you
recive; and then send it to the Debian people.

      1. The cross-install method is missing in directions.  How is
         this done?

By typing `/usr/sbin/crosshurd' and answering the questions.  Or by
using one of the several tarballs, and extracting that one a new
partition.

      2. How big should the swap be?

I make it around the same size as the amount of RAM, or a bit bigger.

      3. How does one do a mount point? If I type "mount -t ext2
         /dev/hda2 /gnu" I am told the directory does not exist.  Do I
         mkdir first?  In the home directory?

You don't use mount on GNU/Hurd, you use settrans.  So instead do:

settrans -c /gnu /hurd/ext2fs /dev/hd0s2

      4. Try as I might, the partition naming is escaping me.  I have
         two partitions on a 1.2gb HD.  hda1 is root and hda2 is swap.
         What is this to GRUB?  I thought GRUB's position on the
         controller was zero based and its partition was one based.
         So my root would be (to GRUB) hd0s1?

GRUB doesn't use that naming scheme, for GRUB what in GNU/Linux you
call hda1 would be (hd0,0), in GNU/Hurd this would be hd0s1.  GRUB
counts partition numbers and disk numbers from zero, while in GNU/Hurd
we only count disk numbers from zero.

   Perhaps this project is for seasoned users and I am simply over my
   head.

It is actually perfect for a non-seasoned user, since you know what is
missing.

Happy hacking.




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