Re: Testers wanted: New installation method
I am a professional QA Test Engineer that would be interested in testing this new GNU/Hurd installation method. Let me know what I can do to start, thanks
On Mon, 2 Aug 2004 15:02:36 +0200
Michael Banck <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I'd like to get some testers for a new installation method. It is based
> on Roland's ext2 xattr-hurd patches for Linux-2.6, which enables us to
> extract a base tarball with intact passive translators, thus not
> requiring native-install.
> This means all you need to do in order to install Debian GNU/Hurd from
> GNU/Linux is to extract one tarball, the base packages are already
> unpacked, installed and configured afterwards.
> In order to install Debian GNU/Hurd from this tarball, you need the
> following prerequisites from http://people.debian.org/~mbanck/xattr-hurd/:
> 1. A Linux-2.6 kernel running with Roland's xattr-hurd patches.
> a) I've created one based on the latest standard Debian kernel image,
> it's called kernel-image-2.6.7-1-686_2.6.7-2.1_i386.deb
> b) At the above location, there is also a
> kernel-patch-xattr-hurd_20040302-1_all.deb in case you want to roll
> your own kernel.
> 2. The gnu-20040731.tar.bz2 tarball, also located at the above url.
> 3. The 'star' package.
> Just do the following steps:
> 1. mke2fs -o hurd /dev/foo
> 2. mount /dev/foo /bar && cd /bar
> 3. star artype=exustar -xattr -x -v -j -f /baz/gnu-20040731.tar.bz2
> 4. Modify /bar/etc/fstab according to your needs, especially change the
> root partition
> 5. If you have the 'attr' package installed , you can check your passive
> translators wiht 'getfattr -d -m "gnu.*" /bar/servers/* /bar/dev/*'
> 1. Add the device files for your partitions to /dev with MAKEDEV
> 2. I haven't configured anything except for the required tzconfig, which
> I set to CEST. You can change that running 'tzconfig'.
> 3. Change /bar/etc/hostname and /bar/etc/hosts to your needs.
> 4. Other stuff
> I hope the above will work alright. *Please* follow-up with any
> successful or unsuccessful installation attempts!
> If this works out fine, we could think about adding support for
> xattr-hurd into crosshurd (i.e. setting up the passive translators while
> still on GNU/Linux), in order to save one reboot.
>  Sorry, I forgot to create the other hd0s? device nodes in /dev. You
> can create one for your root (or additional) partition(s) /dev/hd0sfoo in
> the following way (you need the 'attr' package):
> 1. touch /bar/dev/hd0sfoo
> 2. chmod 640 /bar/dev/hd0sfoo
> 3. setfattr -n gnu.translator -v "/hurd/storeio\0hd0sfoo\0" /bar/dev/hd0sfoo
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