[Soc-coordination] kFreeBSD progress report week 2

Aurelien Jarno aurelien at aurel32.net
Fri Jun 5 12:10:34 UTC 2009

Note: Luca did all the work writing this report, so I didn't feel like
      adding my note at the bottom. I have however reviewed it and I 
      agree with it. Hope this is ok.

On Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 02:09:03PM +0200, Luca Favatella wrote:
> During the "Community Bonding Period", I played a bit with the boot
> sequence on GNU/kFreeBSD by updating [ging].
> I didn't manage to make it completing the boot sequence, but it was useful.
> Then I evaluated the work to do on debian-installer; i.e. I
> -tracked previous attempts to port it to GNU/kFreeBSD (see [cbp0])
> -played a bit with the its image creation process on GNU/Linux
> -looked at which udebs were missing on GNU/kFreeBSD (see [cbp1])
> Then I started to port BusyBox udeb, producing some patches and
> getting some of them merged upstream (see [cbp2]).
> Since coding period start, I have worked on porting BusyBox udeb on
> GNU/kFreeBSD.
> Now BusyBox should have enough features to work in debian-installer,
> except for networking.
> I tried to test BusyBox init in a Debian GNU/kFreeBSD virtual machine,
> substituting /sbin/init.
> I had no success because "BusyBox init doesn't support multiple
> runlevels" (from busybox man page).
> See the first part of [cp0].
> I gradually enabled more and more useful BusyBox config options.
> Some of them built without patches needed (probably I had disabled
> them to have no problems).
> See the second part of [cp0] and the "updates" of [cp1].
> The config options that needed some work are
> I tested BusyBox mount and umount with success.
> See [cp2].
> There are currently 10 disabled BusyBox config options on GNU/kFreeBSD.
> Needed networking related ones should be
> CONFIG_PIVOT_ROOT should be Linux specific and unneeded for kFreeBSD
> boot process.
> Some of them look not important at the moment
> To try my work on BusyBox
> -install Debian GNU/kFreeBSD (see [try0], at the moment there is no
> official Debian GNU/kFreeBSD virtual machine image)
> -download (e.g. using wget) the .deb package I built [try1] with my patches
> -install it (as root): "dpkg -i busybox_1.13.3-1_kfreebsd-i386.deb"
> To test e.g. BusyBox mount and umount with a USB memory
> -create a mount point (as root): "mkdir /media/test/"
> -connect the USB memory; at this point running "ls /dev/msdosfs/" you
> should see a (special) file with the name of the USB memory, e.g.
> -mount it (using BusyBox mount): "busybox mount -t msdosfs
> /dev/msdosfs/MY_USB_MEMORY /media/test/"
> -read/write on it; e.g. see the content: "ls /media/test/"
> -umount it: "umount /media/test/"
> In the next weeks I should work on producing debian-installer images,
> even not fully functional but at least that boots, and porting the
> other udebs needed for debian-installer, that I previously examined
> (see [cp3]), i.e. the kernel and
> -module-init-tools-udeb
> -netcfg
> -partconf-find-partitions
> -partconf-mkfstab
> Luca Favatella
> [ging] http://glibc-bsd.alioth.debian.org/ging/
> [cbp0] http://slackydeb.blogspot.com/2009/04/previous-attempts-to-port-d-i-to_27.html
> [cbp1] http://slackydeb.blogspot.com/2009/04/analysis-of-differences-between.html
> [cbp2] http://slackydeb.blogspot.com/2009/05/2-little-porting-fixes-sent-to-busybox.html
> [cp0] http://slackydeb.blogspot.com/2009/05/busybox-failed-test-and-other-config.html
> [cp1] http://slackydeb.blogspot.com/2009/05/busybox-status-on-gnukfreebsd.html
> [cp2] http://slackydeb.blogspot.com/2009/06/busybox-mount-builds-on-gnukfreebsd.html
> [cp3] http://slackydeb.blogspot.com/2009/04/analysis-of-differences-between.html
> [try0] http://glibc-bsd.alioth.debian.org/doc/
> [try1] http://slackydeb.altervista.org/files/debian_gnu_kfreebsd/gsoc2009_kfreebsd_progress_report_week_2/busybox_1.13.3-1_kfreebsd-i386.deb
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Aurelien Jarno	                        GPG: 1024D/F1BCDB73
aurelien at aurel32.net                 http://www.aurel32.net
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