Arch Hurd

This is the Hurd. Welcome.

Welcome to the Arch Hurd website. Arch Hurd is a derivative work of Arch Linux porting it to the GNU Hurd system with packages optimised for the i686 architecture.

Our goal is to provide an Arch-like user environment (BSD-style init scripts, i686-optimised packages, use of the pacman package manager, rolling-release, and a KISS set up) on the Hurd which is stable enough for use, if not as a primary OS, at least as something to consider as a dual-boot option.

Currently we provide a LiveCD for users to install or try Arch Hurd for themselves, and provide an installation guide covering its use, as well as an alternate installation guide for users for whom the LiveCD is not an option, for whatever reason.

We are attempting to bring the spirit of Arch Linux to the Hurd, and if you'd like to help us achieve that, we'd love to hear from you on the mailing lists or IRC.

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Compiling [core]


Due to the severe difficulties I had with "bootstrapping" to upgrade [core] from within the latest ArchHurd ISO I could find, I have started working in a Debian Hurd environment.

Currently, I have a working temporary installation of pacman so that I can build pacman packages for each package in [core]. I'm powering through this as fast as I can, and I hope to have each package from [core] in [testing], probably within a month worst case, no promises though.

New developer


Hi, I'm phillid and I'm currently working (in what little spare time I have) to have a crack and push ArchHurd back into being a "usable" distro of The Hurd. I'm working inside the most recent of the ISOs to try and bootstrap everything up-to-date. At the time of writing, I am having issues installing GCC to a sandbox directory for packaging.

I admit it's slow progress as it stands and we'll have to wait and see as to how far I get.

Currently, the best place for ArchHurd discussion is the IRC channel, feel ...

Arch Hurd: moving forward


So, what’s the point ?

Yes, it seems dead. Yes, there is no news. But we are working on (with a friend). I decided to post here where we are, what we are doing and what we should do (and there is a lot of things). If you want to help, even if you havn’t any knowledge in operating systems, feel free to contact us on irc channel.

What have we to do ?

We have three big things to do:

  • Compile a recent version of glibc for hurd and recompile all packages in [extra] with that.
  • Building a toolchain ...

Why Arch Hurd project seems dead ?


Hi everyone.

As you can see, there is no activity on our website since 2011. But don’t worry, we’re not dead. Arch Hurd is a project which require a lot of time, and we’re not enough. For now, we have to rebuild the glibc at the latest version. After that, we have to rebuild everything to have a basic sytem. npnth works on glibc, unfortunately, we have no news for 3 months.. Maybe he’s in holidays. If you’re interested in our project, you can contact us on our irc channel. We also have NlightNFotis who ...

LiveCD release: i686-core-2011-08-17


Exactly 11 months after the previous one, the next version of the Arch Hurd livecd has been released! It will become available as the mirrors sync over the next few hours.

Notable changes since i686-core-2010-09-17:

  • Many updated packages
  • Dropped tcp_wrappers
  • Some bugfixes and tweaks to the installer (see the git log)
  • Updated livecd initscripts (see the git log)
  • Download link: i686-core-2010-09-17

md5sum : c157683b7088c74bb03c4f56de3f3272

sha1sum : 7541d962fe3a50a7ab938e895ab8b550b2a38580

Additionally, in unrelated news, there is now a new mirror in France,

Older News

Dropping tcp_wrappers
Successful use of DDE!
Arch Hurd Netbook Remix
Graphical livecd - Desktop packages
GHAMP: GNU/Hurd, Apache, MySQL, and PHP
New LiveCD, Almost HAMP, and Stability
New Website for Arch Hurd
Mailing lists are back
LiveCD and Installer!
BBS, AUR, and a new Web Team.

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ocaml 4.00.1-3 i686
tk 8.6.0-1 i686
tcl 8.6.0-1 i686
topgit 0.8.45.gd279e29-1 i686
lapack 3.2.1-1 i686
lxmenu-data 0.1.1-1 i686
geany 0.18.1-1 i686
libvpx 0.9.7.p1-1 i686
libgnome-keyring 2.30.1-1 i686
libxkbui 1.0.2-1 i686
sudo 1.8.2-1 i686
defora-surfer 0.2.0-1 i686
pycairo 1.8.8-1 i686
menu-cache 0.3.2-1 i686
libnotify 0.4.5-1 i686