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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 jessie

  • 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

  • Good archive coverage.
    • We're at 80%, kfreebsd was at 85% when it entered wheezy. Although probably not reachable, we can probably do better with
      • mono
      • fpc
      • nodejs
  • debian-installer
    • Be able to install at least the base from official mirror (now just missing dhcp)
    • Just works fine from official mirror
    • except isc-dhcp, whose fixed version is still only in experimental, waiting for an upload to unstable
  • buildd
    • security
    • DSA
  • Get Xorg + gnome/kde/xfce/lxde (lxde is working, 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, 739658).

  • No more binaries built in "use debian-ports" era (http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2013/07/msg00014.html):

    • emacs23
      • lost cause, will be dropped once emacs24 is fixed for good (725099) and made default

    • xserver-xorg-video-openchrome, to just remove
  • Basic ACPI support (but what?)
  • (./) proper dhcp support in installed system

    • (./) use ifup/ifdown instead of translators entry?

  • (./) Switch by default to plain sysv startup

  • (./) fix "su" to root discrepancy (PATH does not include sbin etc.), apparently simply because shadow's su vs coreutils' su.

Goals for later

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

  • (hurd-any) cardmgr-gnumach
    • wifi, can live without
    • postpone
  • emacs-defaults
  • gdb
    • Add hardware watch support.
  • icon
    • 654381

    • -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.
  • ntp
    • Ship ntpdate at least.
  • (hurd-any) random-egd
    • make it an alternative to Marcus' C implementation
    • can live without
    • can postpone
  • (hurd-any) util-hurd
  • (hurd-any) wireless-tools-gnumach
    • just for wifi, can live without
    • postpone
  • x86info

Developer info


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