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Re: HHG and newbie Hurd Hackers

From: Thomas Schwinge
Subject: Re: HHG and newbie Hurd Hackers
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 12:44:17 +0200
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On Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 04:57:15PM -0500, R. Steven Rainwater wrote:
> I hit my first problem with gnumach, following the instructions at the
> gnumach/building page listed above. I was able to download the source
> from CVS and build it on my GNU/Hurd box.

How did you configure the build?  Just a plain ``./configure''?  You may
want to add a ``--enable-kdb''.

> Then I moved the new
> gnumach.gz file over to the boot directory, updated the grub menu.lst
> file and rebooted. Gnumach itself seemed to boot fine. I started seeing
> the usual boot up messages from Hurd, then, just before the login prompt
> should appear, the system rebooted.

What happens if you add ``-S'' to the GRUB ``kernel [...]'' line to make
the system boot in single user mode?

Do you have `/etc/defaults/hurd' configured for the Hurd console to be
started?  If yes, then please remove that temporarily and retry.

> So, my question is, does this indicate something went wrong with my
> gnumach build (perhaps a missing step in the build instructions)?

Your build should be fine.

> Or, do
> I need to also build the Hurd from CVS source at the same time - in
> other words, will a gnumach built from cvs work only with Hurd build
> from cvs source

No, should be fine.  Contrary to the Debian hurd package, I'm not aware
of any patches used in the Debian gnumach package that are required to
get a usable system.  (I didn't check right now, however, but I'm also
used to replacing the Debian-shipped GNU Mach kernel with a home-built
one and that used to work.)

> or will it work with the Debian binary Hurd as well?
> Hopefully I'm asking that in a way that makes sense.

Yes and yes.


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