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Re: [PATCH] gnu: Add glibc-locales variants for older versions of glibc.

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: [PATCH] gnu: Add glibc-locales variants for older versions of glibc.
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2019 23:58:22 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.1 (gnu/linux)


Ricardo Wurmus <address@hidden> skribis:

> Ricardo Wurmus <address@hidden> writes:
>> * gnu/packages/base.scm (make-glibc-locales, make-glibc-utf8-locales): New
>> procedures.
>> (glibc-locales): Express in terms of make-glibc-locales.
>> (glibc-utf8-locales): Express in terms of make-glibc-utf8-locales.
>> (glibc-locales-2.27, glibc-utf8-locales-2.27): New variables.
> This is for the benefit of people who run Guix on top of a foreign
> distro.  On a Guix system people can simply use the “locale-libcs” field
> of their operating system declaration, but on a foreign distro there is
> no way to install a locales package for older versions of glibc.
> This patch generates variants for version 2.27 and overrides the name so
> that both “glibc-locales” and “glibc-locales-2.27” can be installed into
> the same profile.  (Without the name override that’s not possible.)

Adding the packages makes sense to me.

I don’t like the package name trick, but I don’t have a better solution.
Perhaps we could have a special property to explicitly allow for several
versions of this package in the same profile (say
‘allow-multiple-versions?’), but that’s a bit more work.


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