I made the great jump today, and installed hurd on a spare partition.
That box already used grub, so it was easy to add an entry in the
menu.lst for grub beforehand on my debian/linux install. I followed
Neal's famous install guide, and advice from #hurd.
The preparation of the partition (mkfs+tar) went ok, as the adding of
the entry in menu.lst. Then things became more difficult.
First problem: native-install freezes the computer; I had to reboot
several times. I finally remade the partition, retried, and after
several such attempts, finally succeeded (by accident?)
Solution: I was told on the channel that it was a problem with the
recent tarball, and it should disappear.
Second problem: the guide says "Remember to create any devices using
the MAKEDEV command.". It is somewhat misleading; it should say
"Remember no (or so few) devices exist, use the MAKEDEV command to
create them" or something of the kind... I had to create /dev/hd0s1 for
my swap, and was surprised to had to!
Solution: Perhaps the first paragraph of 7.2 should be devoted to
stress it more?
Third problem: I had to edit /etc/apt/sources.list to point it to hurd
Solution: The default should point to the right locations!
Fourth problem: apt-get update; apt-get -u dist-upgrade failed in
Solution: apt-get install dialog solved it for me, a depend should be
Fifth problem: root's .profile ends with "mesg n"; it worked after I
had upgraded (and util-linux was installed), but was an unknown command
Solution: add util-linux to the tarball, or do if [ -x /usr/bin/mesg ]
... in root's .profile.
I hope that report will help.
Snark on #hurd
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