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Re: H2 disks, simple dselect problem

Hi John,

The installation guide linked from http://hurd.gnu.org has information
about setting up ethernet.


After that I recommend you use the APT method in dselect.  Use the
following three lines as an /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/hurd/debian-libio unstable main
deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian unstable main
deb-src ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian unstable main

Good luck,

-- Grant Bowman                                <grantbow@grantbow.com>

* John Smith <john@arrows.demon.co.uk> [020513 13:14]:
> After several years delay, I have ventured into Hurd country.
> Starting with the H2 disks images, I have
>   --  cross installed a hurd using a baseHurd.tgz
>   --  set up Grub, and rebooted into the Hurd
>   --  run initial-install, rebooted, and run initial-install again
>   --  copied the hurd-H2-CD1.iso into a hard disk partition, and mounted it
>       with a 
>         settrans /cdrom /hurd/isofs -r /dev/hd0s3 
> so far all is good. Then I boot up into non-single user mode,
> and start dselect
>     Choose Access
>     Choose from an already Mounted partition
> then dselect asks:
> >> In order to make it easy for me to find the relevant files I'd
> >> ideally like to install from a straightforward copy of the Debian
> >> distribution.  To use this I'll need to know where the top level of
> >> that copy of the distribution is (eg. 'debian/dists/stable') - this
> >> directory usually contains the Packages-Master file.
> >> If you do not have a straightforward copy of the distribution available
> >> just answer `none' and we'll go through the parts I need individually.
> >> Distribution top level ? [none]  
> To which I answer
>     /cd1-iso/debian/dists/stable
> So dselect observes:
> >> `/cd1-iso/debian/dists/stable/main/binary-hurd-i386' does not
> >> contain any *.deb packages.  Hmmpf.
> which is true, but confuses me.
> /cd1-iso/debian/dists/stable/main/binary-hurd-i386 does exist, and includes
> a Packages.gz, which then points to .deb files like
>     pool/main/a/adduser/adduser_3.43_all.deb
> which exist also. 
> I have played various tunes with answers to the subsequent questions,
> but without success. Ultimately dselect gives me a list of packages to
> choose from, but they are packages installed by the original baseHurd.tgz.
> So my questions are:
> 1. Should I be able to use dselect to install compilers and other
>    useful things? Have I got a wrong dselect? 
> 2. Can anyone offer a hint on the next step forward? My hurd is yet to speak
>    Ethernet, so cannot yet be pointed directly at Ftp sites.
> I admit to being a very new to the whole debian world, though have
> been a modest user of Linux for several years.
> Thanks,
>    John
> John Smith
> john.smith@arrows.demon.co.uk
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