I followed Brinkmann's advice and downloaded the deb packages from
/debian/dists/debian/dists/sid/binary-i386-hurd/base at the ftp site.
In order to run dpkg, I had to create the tree var/lib/dpkg under the
Hurd root partition, and some empty files under it, namely:
updates/ (an empty directory).
I've installed gnumach, hurd and glibc packages successfully.
However, I get the following message when trying to install
base-files, shellutils and textutils:
dpkg (subprocess): unable to execute new pre-installation script: No such
file or directory
Rafael Caetano <firstname.lastname@example.org>