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Re: Creating user profiles

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Creating user profiles
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 23:05:37 +0100
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Andreas Enge <address@hidden> skribis:

> I think the problem is that only the directory /usr/local/guix-
> git/var/nix/profiles exists, but that it is empty; maybe one should first 
> create the directory $PREFIX/var/nix/profiles/per-user/$USER if it does not 
> exist yet?

Right, good point.  (Apparently Nix’s manual doesn’t mention it either.)

So here’s what I would do:

--- a/doc/guix.texi
+++ b/doc/guix.texi
@@ -233,6 +233,16 @@ The @code{guix-daemon} program may then be run as 
@code{root} with:
 # guix-daemon --build-users-group=guix-builder
 @end example
+In such a multi-user setup, @dfn{user profiles}---i.e., the set of
+user-installed packages as seen by @command{guix-package}
+(@pxref{Invoking guix-package})---must be stored in a place registered
+as a @dfn{garbage-collector root}.  That directory is normally
address@hidden@var{localstatedir}/profiles/per-user/@var{user}}, where
address@hidden is the value passed to @code{configure} as
address@hidden, and @var{user} is the user name.  This directory
+must be created by @code{root}, with @var{user} as the owner.  When it
+does not exist, @command{guix-package} emits an error about it.
 Guix may also be used in a single-user setup, with @command{guix-daemon}
 running as a unprivileged user.  However, to maximize non-interference
 of build processes, the daemon still needs to perform certain operations
diff --git a/guix-package.in b/guix-package.in
index 450d09e..ec09cc4 100644
--- a/guix-package.in
+++ b/guix-package.in
@@ -36,6 +36,7 @@ exec address@hidden@} -L "@guilemoduledir@" -l "$0"    \
   #:use-module (guix packages)
   #:use-module (guix utils)
   #:use-module (guix config)
+  #:use-module ((guix build utils) #:select (directory-exists?))
   #:use-module (ice-9 ftw)
   #:use-module (ice-9 format)
   #:use-module (ice-9 match)
@@ -465,6 +466,25 @@ Install, remove, or upgrade PACKAGES in a single 
                (not (file-exists? %user-environment-directory)))
       (symlink %current-profile %user-environment-directory))
+    ;; Attempt to create /…/profiles/per-user/$USER if needed.
+    (unless (or (not (equal? (assoc-ref opts 'profile) %current-profile))
+                (directory-exists? %profile-directory))
+      (catch 'system-error
+        (lambda ()
+          (mkdir %profile-directory))
+        (lambda args
+          ;; Often, we cannot create %PROFILE-DIRECTORY because its
+          ;; parent directory is root-owned and we're running
+          ;; unprivileged.
+          (format (current-error-port)
+                  (_ "error: while creating directory `~a': ~a~%")
+                  %profile-directory
+                  (strerror (system-error-errno args)))
+          (format (current-error-port)
+                  (_ "Please create the `~a' directory, with you as the 
+                  %profile-directory)
+          (exit 1))))
       (or (process-query opts)
           (parameterize ((%guile-for-build


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