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Re: A Hurd release

From: Ognyan Kulev
Subject: Re: A Hurd release
Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2005 10:14:53 +0200
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Daniel Godás wrote:
Ok, after the presentation. I have taken a look at the archives and
the dev-hurd list archives are very outdated, why? why is this topic
beeing discussed in this list and not there?

You probably mean hurd-devel.  It's only for core developers.

The two active core developers (Marcus and Neal) work on the L4 port and you can follow their work by reading l4-hurd mailing list.

Besides, i havent found any useful docs about L4, what is it? a
substitute for arch? who is developing it? Now i have my exams but
from february ill have some free time to work on this and i have some

I think it's good question for our FAQ.

1) can you make a translator have dependencies? Its very common that
you need some facilites that are in another translator so i guess its
possible but how can i do it?

Translators usually reference other translators by using the filesystem which will start these other translators, if they are passive.

2) from inside a translator how can you obtain information about
running translators such as the name and the attached file?

You have that information when the translator is started up.

3) id like to install the HURD without using debian, im a gentoo user
and im very happy with it. I have used debian in the past and didnt
like it at all so my plan was to make a new partition and download and
install the HURD from my gentoo system, then change the grub config.
Can it be done that way? I read the best way is to use debian but that
doc hasnt been updated for a long time.

You can download GNU K8 CD and use its tarball. More information can be found in http://www.nl.debian.org/ports/hurd/hurd-install

4) could it be run inside a virtual machine (im thinking of vmware)?
Has anybody tried it?

Yes, some people us it with success.  qemu is faster but less stable.

5) how can i use sockets (or something similar) in the hurd? I havent
installed it yet but if you tell me what source files i should read
ill do it when i finish installing it.

Just use the POSIX API.


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