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Re: Debootstrap on GNU/Hurd Status

On Wed, Apr 16, 2003 at 06:37:00AM -0700, Jeff Bailey wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 16, 2003 at 02:29:34PM +0200, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> > tar doesn't support translator settings, but it should.  When tar does, we
> > can have a tar file as well.  Until then, it must be done with MAKEDEV.
> Has anyone taken the time to figure out how this would fit into the
> existing tar format?

Okuji and me both thought a GNU extension that was stored similar like a
long symlink was appropriate.  While packing tar files, you have to first
check for a translator (where now tar checks for a symlink), and then it
depends on configuration.  Either tar can traverse translator settings
(mount points) and ignore them.  Or it can read and store them.  It must
however recognize some special types like /hurd/symlink which represent
symlinks and special devices, and store them as such if there is special
support for them in the tar format.

> I'd like to see us use sysvinit for Debian.  I agree that the GNU system
> will need a better init system, though.

Well, I had it running, so it is certainly possible.  How you go about
integrating such a port back into the Debian package is a mystery I was
never able to solve.


`Rhubarb is no Egyptian god.' GNU      http://www.gnu.org    marcus@gnu.org
Marcus Brinkmann              The Hurd http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/

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