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Some qemu+hurd questions

From: Svante Signell
Subject: Some qemu+hurd questions
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2010 09:14:33 +0100


I have finally taken the time to install hurd, as a start with qemu and
Jeremie Koenigs ported Debian installer in mini.iso. Thank you all
Hurders for your good work! In connection to the install I have a few

Installing Hurd with mini.iso as show in README.txt:
qemu -m 512 -net nic,model=ne2k_pci -net user -hda hurd-install.qemu
-cdrom ~/SW/hurd-installer/mini.iso -boot d

Installation went well, apt and grub2 work perfectly, however extremely
slow, several hours for the installation. After the install I tried with
-m 256, same common problem: one of the two CPUs loaded 100%, the other
idle, almost all memory used and sloow.

Running the installed Hurd:
qemu -m 256 -net nic,model=ne2k_pci -net user -hda hurd-install.qemu

- Does qemu have a terminal where I can get a scrollbar, without it is
very difficult to catch all output.

- How to shut down Hurd in qemu properly? Just closing the qemu window
hurd complained on an unclean shutdown and had to check disks. The
solution I found so far is to shut down Hurd as root in the qemu window
before closing the window. 

- When installing Hurd, no Swedish locale was found, I used the default.
The problem is that the US keyboard is used by qemu+hurd, while I have a
Swedish keyboard. It is very difficult to type correctly since common
characters are at strange positions, e.g. - is /, <shift>* is |, รถ is :,
etc. How do I get a Swedish keyboard mapping working in qemu+hurd? 

- qemu seems to grab the mouse when clicking on the window, making it
impossible to copy text from that window somewhere else. Is that

- qemu-kvm is also available in addition to qemu. Would things be faster
with it, there seems to be some kernel modules added? Does my CPU, see
below, support virtualisation?
- Availability of Emacs, Arch Hurd has a working version, not Debian.
I'm not so fluent in using vi or nano.

Computer is a dual Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz 32bit box running
Debian unstable. I have only 512M memory on the box. Is that too little
to run Linux+Hurd simultaneously?

processor       : 0 and 1
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 15
model           : 2
model name      : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
stepping        : 9
cpu MHz         : 3000.471
cache size      : 512 KB
physical id     : 0
siblings        : 2
core id         : 0
cpu cores       : 1
apicid          : 1
initial apicid  : 1
fdiv_bug        : no
hlt_bug         : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug        : no
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 2
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov
pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe pebs bts cid
bogomips        : 6000.54
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 128
address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 32 bits virtual
power management:

Svante Signell

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