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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 is 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?
  • packages in debian-ports (those marked with <!> need to be integrated in the main archive):

    • (hurd-any) cardmgr-gnumach
      • wifi, can live without
      • postpone
    • (hurd-any) 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")
      • can postpone
    • (hurd-any) cvsfs
    • eglibc
      • Fix sub-hurd boot.
      • tg-ifaddrs_v6
      • remap_getcwd
      • select-timeout
      • TODO: af_local_strlen
    • emacs-defaults
      • default to emacs24
    • exim4
      • issue with ipv6-enabled system
      • 698092

    • gdb
      • Add hardware watch support.
    • (hurd-any) gopherfs
    • (hurd-any) httpfs
    • <!> icon, to remove

      • 654381 still pending

      • for lyx.
      • -k option issue fixed by exec_file_name patch in libc.
    • <!> isc-dhcp

      • 616290

      • Being Discussed directly with upstream, upstream patch available
      • Maintainer wants patch really applied upstream before adding it to debian.
      • patch applied upstream for newer version
    • <!> libpciaccess

    • libpthread-stubs
      • drop the hurd-specific part, to remove the .so library
    • libxcb
      • rebuilt against empty libpthread-stubs
    • (hurd-any) netio
    • ntp
      • Ship ntpdate at least.
    • (hurd-any) random-egd
      • make it an alternative to Marcus' C implementation
      • can live without
      • can postpone
    • (hurd-any) smbfs
    • sysvinit, to remove
    • (hurd-any) tarfs
    • (hurd-any) wireless-tools-gnumach
      • just for wifi, can live without
      • postpone
  • various packages in debian-ports, but not a priority
  • Be able to install at least the base from official mirror (now just missing dhcp)
  • (./) 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.), apparently simply because shadow's su vs coreutils' su. Also see http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.utilities.util-linux-ng/6488...

  • Good archive coverage.
    • We're at 76%, kfreebsd was at 85% when it entered wheezy. Although probably not reachable, we can probably do better with
      • mono
      • fpc
  • Fix at least the required, important and standard packages from http://people.debian.org/~sthibault/out_of_date.txt

  • Try to fix the top of http://people.debian.org/~sthibault/graph-total-top.txt

Goals for later

  • IPv6 support in d-i (after it is settled for linux).
  • upgrade libfuse compatibility to >= 2.6.5, with fuse_lowlevel.h

  • add cpuid-based autoloading of libc0.3-i686

Developer info


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