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Re: Hurd on my i486 won't boot

>>>>> Brian Brunswick writes:

 BB> Ok, this has spurred me to write up the following.. any
 BB> suggestions welcomed!

My prime suggestion is to send mail to bug-grub-request@gnu.org, to
join in the bug-grub mailing list.

I don't have a heck of a lot of time to spend on GRUB, but I'll try my
best to coordinate the work that people are already doing.  The first
step is for you to read the README, and check out the latest CVS tree.

I'm really not happy about the fact that your compilation produced bad
code, especially when I tried very carefully to make sure that this
wouldn't happen.  Could you investigate it a little, and send the
details to bug-grub@gnu.org?

 BB> Just how working is this thing supposed to be
 BB> anyway?

Well, 0.5.9x is called that for a reason: it's the prereleass for GRUB
0.6. The docs are inaccurate, there are several problems with the UI,
we're testing out LBA mode, trying to write an /sbin/grub utility that
does nice installations, and all-in-all, it's just in flux.

However, there are a few bugs that have been fixed since 0.5, so I
generally recommend that people upgrade, if you have problems with

[/sbin/grub also makes it possible to debug the UI without having to
reboot, which might be something you're interested in.  Try
--enable-sbin-grub to configure it.]

 BB> I then thought I would put it on the mbr of the hard disk, and
 BB> use a stage1_5 in the spare 63 sectors at the beginning, so it
 BB> didn't have any sector list dependencies at all.

This really is the way to go.  If it doesn't work nicely for you, at
least take heart in that we're trying to make it work nicely, and it
will by 0.6.

 BB> stage2 has grown so large - it would be nice if there was a
 BB> stripped down version that fit in 63 sectors, say without ffs
 BB> filesystem or something.

That's what the stage1_5 is for.  There really isn't a good reason to
make any other ``stripped down stage2'', especially when the stage1_5
gives you so much: being able to update your stage2's withourt having
to reinstall.

 BB> (1) Scrolling extra menu entries supposed to work?  (2) How to
 BB> config a stage2 to find menu file after a stage1.5 (3) Why won't
 BB> mbr installation work?

1) Yes, but I won't investigate until /sbin/grub, is complete enough
   to reproduce the UI bug under Unix (soon). 

2 + 3) Send your `install=' command to bug-grub, and I'll get back to
you.  I've installed several MBRs, and they all work fine for me.

 Gordon Matzigkeit <gord@fig.org>  //\ I'm a FIG (http://www.fig.org/)
Committed to freedom and diversity \// I use GNU (http://www.gnu.org/)

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