My worst week yet...

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This hasn't been my week. I had to fix two of my Hurd installations I use for development and testing. I spent countless hours waiting for some package to be rebuilt, reading scientific papers about adding stuff to the Mach kernel. Fascinating stuff like thread migration that would (among other things) allow for proper resource accounting on Mach kernels.

Oh, and gcc is a sadistic bastard:

In file included from printf-parsewc.c:2:0:
printf-parsemb.c: In function ‘__parse_one_specwc’:
printf-parsemb.c:407:1: internal compiler error: Segmentation fault
Please submit a full bug report,
with preprocessed source if appropriate.
See <file:///usr/share/doc/gcc-4.7/README.Bugs> for instructions.
The bug is not reproducible, so it is likely a hardware or OS problem.

A similar error came up like five hours into my libc rebuild. How nice of gcc to retry the build to figure out whether it is to blame or the environment only to throw away the successful build and abort my build process :/

  • I published my patch series addressing all sysvinit-related issues:
  • I since found three minor issues, so I'll roll another series shortly. But since this somewhat breaks the ABI (/hurd/init is no longer PID 1) this is waiting for a libc rebuild that I haven't managed to get done so far.
  • I updated my patch series for the sysvinit package. I'm quite pleased with it as it is and I'll propose it for inclusion with the sysvinit package shortly. Unfortunately this depends on the patched hurd package with is blocked by the libc package :/

Next week I'll finally propose my sysvinit patch series. Oh, and implement the -d flag in our umount. I thought I had implemented all the flags used by the initscripts, but somehow I missed -d. If I get bored, I'll take a look at the network related issues, but I bet I won't get there...

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