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Re: Install attempt

On Fri, Jul 30, 1999 at 08:41:53AM -0500, Scott Jacobsen wrote:
> I used the big tarball method to install. I used gnu-19990104.tar.gz. Is
> there a newer better tarball, or is this OK? 

Yes, there is 19990505 in the same directory, and you should definitely take
this. 19990104 has many problems. 

> I keep hearing my hurd partition has to be small. Currently it is 6 gig,
> but I don't see anything complaining. Is this OK?

MUCH to big. It did really not complain? Note that we talk about the
partition, not about the hard disk as a whole. Are you sure you made a 6GB
ext2fs partition for the Hurd? The partition should be ~ 1 GB max.
> As per the easy install instructions I did settrans /servers/socket/2
> /hurd/pfinet ...  Then tried to ping a known address and got the message
> "ICMP protocol not installed".

You are missing things like /etc/protocol etc. Please install the net/inetutils
package, but first update your system to current glibc etc.

> vi hangs the system. No more keyboard input. I have to do a hard boot.

Did you try ^C? It is only in a tight loop. Maybe it hung, but this problem
has been long fixed. Install a recent ae package, and the fake vi is gone.
> What is the state of X -- I've heard it runs. Are there any X apps that
> run (ie window managers, xterm)

The clients run. twm and xterm are available on alha.gnu.org. But they only
work on a remote display, because no X server runs yet.
> In general, is there an archive of HURD software anywhere. Esp gcc, emacs
> or vi, includes for gnu libc. (Should these be on my system already?)

ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/unstable/main/binary-hurd-i386 has it all.
Do NOT install the base/makefiles or base/login package. Do not install
liblockfile. All other should be safe.

There is egcs 2.91.66, gdb 4.18, vim and many more.
> I'd like to play more with HURD. How is most of the development done?

We discuss things on bug-hurd@gnu.org and debian-hurd@lists.debian.org. When
important issues come up, a request for help is sometimes send. Otherwise
just pick up a task (www.debian.org/ports/hurd/hurd-task)

> Cross-compiles from linux, or is HURD ready to do devel right on HURD?

Native development preferred. Cross compilation is possible but not trivial
to set up.


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