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Debian GNU/Hurd is an effort to port the Debian distribution to the Hurd. Around 75% of Debian packages can already be run under Debian GNU/Hurd, which makes it very usable. See the [[Status]] of the Debian port for more information.
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One noteable difference in this port, is that `/etc/mtab` -> `/proc/mounts`
# QEMU Image
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- [Installation Instructions](http://www.debian.org/ports/hurd/hurd-install)
- [Upgrading K11 or K14 based systems to unstable](http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2007/09/msg00007.html)
- [[After_install]] — Do this to get networking, new console and X
- [[Porting]] — Helping with porting packages
* [[Patch_submission]] — How to submit patches for build failures
### IRC, freenode, #hurd, 2014-02-12
<braunr> hm, there is something weird
<braunr> after successfully installing (with the new installer cd), and rebooting, system init fails because fsck can't be run on /home (a separate partition)
<braunr> it can't fsck because at that point, /home is already mounted, and indeed the translator is running
<braunr> teythoon: any idea what might cause that ?
<teythoon> me ?
<braunr> ah no, actually /home isn't mounted oO
<braunr> but fsck still refuses to check it, stating that reason
<braunr> hm, /etc/mtab isn't a link to /proc/mounts here, might explain
### IRC, freenode, #hurd, 2014-02-12
<braunr> yes, better with a proper symlink :)
<youpi> Mmm, what is supposed to create that symlink?
<teythoon> one debian init script did that at one time
<teythoon> i believe they dropped that
<youpi> err, but something must be creating it for newer systems
<teythoon> good point
<braunr> well, except for these small details, everything went pretty smooth
<braunr> both on ide and ahci
<youpi> it seems /etc/mtab gets created at boot
<youpi> (on Linux I mean)
<teythoon> youpi: i cannot find the init script, but i'm sure that it was there
<youpi> I can't find it either on the installed system...
<azeem> maybe pere or rleigh in #debian-hurd can help
### IRC, freenode, #hurd, 2014-02-13
<braunr> 6<--60(pid1698)->dir_lookup ("var/run/mtab" 4194305 0) = 0 3 "/run/mtab" (null)
<braunr> looks like /etc/mtab isn't actually used anymore
<teythoon> it never was on hurd
<tomodach1> braunr: well it is generated i believe from mounted filesystems
<tomodach1> if its still around there is a reason for it, like posix compatiblity perhaps?
<braunr> well the problem is that, as mentioned in pere's thread on bug-hurd, some tools now expect /var/run/mtab instead of /etc/mtab
<braunr> and since nothing currently creates this file, these tools, such as df, are lost
<braunr> they can't find the info they're looking for
### IRC, freenode, #hurd, 2014-02-17
<braunr> i still don't have mtab at the proper location on darnassus
<pere> is there something missing with sysvinit on hurd?
<braunr> is that normal ?
<pere> yes. I recommended fixing it in the hurd package. (BTS #737759)
<braunr> yes i saw but was there any action taken ?
<pere> did not check
<teythoon> i thought youpi mentioned that it is fixed in the libc and we just need to rebuild coreutils or something
<braunr> oh ok
<braunr> but doesn't that mean it will use /etc/mtab ?
<pere> if I was a hurd porter, I would fix it in hurd while waiting for a fix in coreutils, just to save people for wondering about the breakage, but I am not the most patient of developers. :)
* Official page about the Debian GNU/Hurd port: [Debian GNU/Hurd](http://www.debian.org/ports/hurd/)
* Debian [[FAQ]] — Frequently Asked Questions
* [Presentation](http://people.debian.org/~mbanck/talks/hurd_lt2004/html/) -Debian GNU/Hurd*, [[MichaelBanck]], LinuxTag 2004 Karlsruhe
* [Archive Qualification](http://wiki.debian.org/ArchiveQualification/hurd-i386)
* [[!wikipedia Debian_GNU/Hurd]] on Wikipedia