RE: discussion on fr.comp.os.linux.debats
Thanks for your translations of the recent French Linux
magazine summaries. It's nice to see interest in the Hurd
becoming more widespread.
> of the Debian team. In fact the upcoming "potato" distribution
> should be released both in GNU/Linux and GNU/Hurd versions. From a text
> of Matthew Vernon (http://www.pick.ucam.org/~mcv21/hurd.html)."
I was going to correct you about this -- as a Debian developer
I am not optimistic that we will meet the Potato deadline to release
the Hurd. There are still some important pieces missing. However,
the Potato freeze date keeps slipping, so who knows? ;-)
> That's all up to now. Hope this will be helpful. No doubt
> there will be more articles about Hurd in Linux Magazine because
> they've added "& Hurd" after "Linux" in their title page.
> Any comment is welcome.
This is wonderful! It would be nice to get some print coverage
every now and then. Hopefully the Hurd will be a bit more
usable before too much longer. I think if you play with it you
will agree -- and if you had tried it even 6 months ago you would
be amazed at how much more usable it is today.
> I also need some help. The descriiption of my trouble follows:
> I've downloaded (1999/11/07) the binary distribution of the Hurd from
> ftp.debian.org. It is cross-install'ed on /dev/hda3 (I followed the
> process described in the first article).
> I get the following message at boot time (before doing
> Hurd server bootstrap: ext2fs.static[hd0s3] execext2fs.static:
> diskfs_execboot_fsys_startup: Unexpected
> error: No such file or directory.
> memory_object_data_request(0x0, 0x0, 0x2000, 0x1000, 0x1) failed,
> Then the system hangs.
It looks like you don't have a swap partition set up. You should
visit http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd.html and find the link to
the "Easy Guide for Installation" to get a step-by-step. Things
advance rapidly around here, and the steps in the magazine article
might be slightly out of date now.
The Hurd still has some memory issues, so a fairly sizable swap
partition is a good idea. You probably need to edit the file
/boot/servers.boot on your hurd partition and tell it where to
find the swap partition. Step-by-step instructions are in that
Please write back if you have trouble finding the info or have
any more difficulties.
Welcome to the Hurd,