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bug#30916: Request: add a short description field for os-configuration

From: Danny Milosavljevic
Subject: bug#30916: Request: add a short description field for os-configuration
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:54:38 +0100

Hi Martin,

On Sat, 24 Mar 2018 14:56:03 +0100
Martin Castillo <address@hidden> wrote:

> ng0 wrote:
> > So basically you want a field in the operating-system declaration where you
> > can _manually_ set a description of a certain maximum length which will be
> > added to the GRUB entry of the generated system generation?  
> yes

I wonder whether this description can be generated instead - we have all
the information we need - the packages, the users that are there etc.

Or a description could be generated only if a custom description is not 

In fact it's easy to add this and would be a nice intro project for a
person interested in Guix development.  I can mentor.

The thing used to fill the Guix bootloader entries is <boot-parameters>.

There's a procedure "operating-system-boot-parameters" which is used
to generate <boot-parameters> instances from an <operating-system>

(operating-system-bootcfg calls operating-system-boot-parameters)
(perform-action calls operating-system-bootcfg)
(perform-action is in the top-level guix script)

<boot-parameters> are serialized to disk into:

/var/guix/profiles/system-704-link$ cat parameters 
(boot-parameters (version 0) (label "GNU with Linux-Libre 4.14.14 (beta)") 
(root-device "dayas:/") (kernel 
(kernel-arguments ("crashkernel=256M" "modprobe.blacklist=pcspkr,snd_pcsp" 
"quiet" "acpi_osi=Linux" "clocksource=acpi_pm" "allow-discards" 
"root_trim=yes")) (initrd 
(bootloader-name grub) (store (device "dayas:/") (mount-point "/")))

But I wouldn't change the serialization format or what fields <boot-parameters> 

Just change operating-system-bootcfg to take a "description" parameter.
And change operating-system-boot-parameters to take a "description" parameter 
use it to calculate the label.

And change perform-action to calculate the value for to "description" parameter 
in this way:
- Taking it from <operating-system> (or the command line?) 
- Falling back to an automatic value (comparing it to the previous generation) 

That's it.

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