I have installed Sarge with kernel 18.104.22.168.
After installing kernel 2.6.18 with a few modifications in the configuration I can no longer start HAL.
Please see the following
debian:~# killall hald
hald: no process killed
debian:~# /usr/sbin/hald --daemon=no --verbose=yes
19:15:35.186 [I] hald.c:394: hal 0.4.7
19:15:35.187 [I] hald.c:398: Will not daemonize
19:15:35.222 [I] linux/osspec.c:219: Mountpoint for sysfs is /sys