Debian Resources

  • Official page about the Debian GNU/Hurd port: Debian GNU/Hurd
  • Debian FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions

QEMU Image

There is a QEMU image with Debian GNU/Hurd pre-installed available as


$ wget
$ tar -xz < debian-hurd.img.tar.gz
$ kvm -m 1G -drive cache=writeback,file=$(echo debian-hurd-*.img)

Please also read the README file:

If you have troubles extracting the image, you can use the gz version, the zip version, or even the plain version (5GiB!)

See the discussion about writeback caching.

Just in case you were wondering: the root password is empty.

For more detailed instructions, please see the QEMU page.



Additional Information

/etc/mtab -> /proc/mounts

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 ?
<teythoon> no
<braunr> ok
<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 :)
<teythoon> good
<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
<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
<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
<pere> yes
<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. :)