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Debian > Debian GNU > Debian GNU/Hurd

This page attempts to be a reference for all resources related to Debian GNU/Hurd that can be useful for users and developers. Feel free to add more stuff as you see fit.

"In a discussion with the Debian Hurd porters it was decided that the Hurd port stays on FTPMaster until Wheezy is released. Should they have managed to get the port into a state that it is released together with all the others (probably as a technology preview), it is kept in the archive. Should they not manage this the port will be removed from the main archive and move fully to debian-ports.org."1

What is Debian GNU/Hurd ?

Debian GNU/Hurd is an operating system from Debian, but which uses GNU Hurd, which a set of servers, running on top of the GNU Mach microkernel instead of the kernel named Linux (thus the name Debian GNU/Hurd). Some day, most applications will exist both in Debian GNU/Hurd and in Debian GNU/Linux.

Basic info

Goals for releasing in wheezy

  • buildd
    • security
    • DSA
  • proper dhcp support in installed system
    • use ifup/ifdown instead of translators entry?
  • debian-ports packages need to be integrated in the main archive.
    • binutils
      • 629866

      • Not critical, can live without
    • cardmgr-gnumach
      • wifi, can live without
    • console-driver-xkb
      • we should probably just integrate it in the hurd package
      • See the concerns on the mailing list archive (bug-hurd, "XKB's keymaps for the Hurd console")
    • cvsfs
      • ITP: hurdextras?
    • gcc-4.4 gcc-4.6
      • 629866

      • not critical, can live without
    • (./) ghc, to remove

    • gnat-4.6
      • Patches from Svante, to be fixed before submitting.
    • gopherfs
      • ITP: hurdextras?
    • grub2
      • decide on partition stuff, and submit
    • hyperestraier
    • icon
    • ifupdown
      • TODO
    • isc-dhcp
      • 616290

      • Need to discuss directly with upstream
    • libdrm
      • This is just a stub, and not so useful anyway. Forget about it.
    • libfuse
      • ITP: hurdextras?
    • libusb
      • This is just a stub. integrate in the main archive?
      • Needs to be worked on!
    • lockdev
      • TODO
    • (./) mx, to remove

    • netio
      • ITP: hurdextras?
    • parted
      • decide on partition stuff, and submit
    • pulseaudio
    • (./) qdbm, to remove

      • make check fails due to unimplemented msync(), 648663

    • random-egd
      • make it an alternative to Marcus' C implementation
      • can live without
    • ruby1.9.1
      • (./) Fix __libc_stack_end in glibc, pending

      • (./) apply patch to fix struct dirent size once upstream agreed.

      • fix PATH_MAX issue, 648055

    • sane-backends-extras
      • can live without
    • screen
      • trivial fix on 522689 , fixed in experimental

    • (./) sidplay-libs, to remove

      • disable hardsid installation, 654826

    • smbfs
      • ITP: hurdextras?
    • tarfs
      • ITP: hurdextras?
    • wireless-tools-gnumach
      • just for wifi, can live without
  • Be able to install at least the base from official mirror (should be almost done, missing grub/parted, dhcp, ifupdown)
  • (./) Integrate DDE to get nowadays' network support.

  • Get Xorg + gnome/kde/xfce (xfce should work, kde is missing working dbus (due to local socket auth and bugs in select() cornercases)) + some webbrowser working (iceweasel 9 works, though not https).
  • (./) Fix ext2fs uncleanness at reboot http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/open_issues/sync_but_still_unclean_filesystem.html

  • Switch to plain sysv startup?
  • (./) Enable console by default? (we now have proper kernel message relaying)

  • fix "su" to root discrepancy (PATH does not include sbin etc.)
  • Good archive coverage.
    • We're at 77%, kfreebsd is at 88%. Although probably not reachable, we can probably do better with
      • (./) ghc

      • mono
      • (./) gnat

      • (./) ruby1.9.1

Goals for later

  • IPv6 support in d-i (after it is settled for linux).

Developer info


  1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2011/03/msg00015.html - Debian pushes development of the Hurd port (1)