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Re: install from FreeBSD

This method works while installing from windows as well because the the
tomsrtbt distribution includes FAT32 support so you can just copy it over
and have hurd installed in 2 boots.

The docs generally only mention installing from linux which I imagine some
people might resent if they don't think their way around it. Shouldn't this
way be documented somewhere? (If anyone thinks so I could do it)

----- Original Message -----
From: "R Joseph Wright" <rjoseph@nwlink.com>
To: <debian-hurd@lists.debian.org>
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2000 2:29 PM
Subject: install from FreeBSD

> Someone posted a message asking if I had successfully installed from
> FreeBSD.  I lost the message, so I can't reply directly.
> Yes, I installed it successfully.  I actually used a combination of Linux
> and FreeBSD. First, I downloaded a one-floppy Linux distribution called
> tomsrtbt.  I booted with that and used it to create the ext2fs filesystem,
> because I had no luck finding out whether I could do that from FreeBSD,
> although I suspect it can be done.  It's very important to use the " -o
> hurd" option when creating the filesystem.
> Then, I compiled ext2fs support in my BSD kernel by adding "options
> EXT2FS" and recompiling.  This allowed me to mount my newly created hurd
> partition (mount -t ext2fs /dev/whatever /gnu).  I then downloaded the
> hurd tarball from within FreeBSD, and moved it to the hurd partition,
> where I then un-tarred it.  This created another gnu directory, so I had
> /gnu/gnu/*.  What I did to fix that was  "cd /gnu/gnu", then "mv *
> ..".  Now I had /gnu/*, which is what I wanted.
> I then booted with grub, and followed the directions from the link on the
> hurd website on how to get it going in single user mode.  From there, I
> ran the native install script.
> And that's it.

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