Arch Hurd Project
The Arch Hurd Project is, unsurprisingly, a project to get a working Arch system running on GNU/Hurd. This page will, at some point, tell you how you too, can get an Arch Hurd system. Maybe we'll even set up repositories and suchlike, even a website if this thing takes off.
Currently we don't have anything but an idea, some people crazy enough to like the idea, and the promise of some PKGBUILDs and a working cross compiler. Sorry.
Stage 1 - Cross-compiler
Staying consistent with Arch, the target we will build for is i686-pc-gnu. Sources for Hurd components are obtained from their git repo.
Build order (from here):
- gcc (pass 1)
- glibc (pass 1)
- gcc (pass 2)
- glibc (pass 2)
A script to generate a cross compile environment is available here. Currently this uses binutils-2.19.1, gcc-4.1.2, glibc-2.7 and is built for i586-pc-gnu.
Newer and more updated scripts are available here.
Stage 2 - Cross-compile a bootable system
A minimal bootable GNU system requires (at least) these packages built in roughly this order...
- gnumach-headers (built above)
- hurd-headers (built above)
- libpthreads (built above)
- glibc (built above)
Stage 3 - Natively build packages
- get makepkg/pacman working
- build packages
- make install CD
Just what makes something Arch-like? Add ideas to this list.
- pacman/makepkg for package management
- Some form of ABS tree (in git/svn/cvs/whatever to allow easy package rollbacks, perhaps?)
- Something like the /etc/rc.conf file (anybody know anything about the Hurd boot process?)
- optimization - build for i686.
I (Barrucadu) have a tonne of spare space/bandwidth on my Dreamhost account, so when this gets rolling if people want to volunteer to port/maintain packages they use, the repositories can live on there.
If I set up a git repo for the ABS tree, a packaging mailing list, and repositories (core/extra should do in the beginning, I imagine), I could give volunteers access to those so we could make progress.