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bug#30728: guix-install.sh doesn't work if run with "sudo"

From: Marius Bakke
Subject: bug#30728: guix-install.sh doesn't work if run with "sudo"
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2018 11:18:50 +0200
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Clément Lassieur <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi Chris,
> Chris Marusich <address@hidden> writes:
>> Clément Lassieur <address@hidden> writes:
>>> Clément Lassieur <address@hidden> writes:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> My system is Ubuntu 16.04.
>>>> I ran './guix-install.sh' and got the message: "This script must be run
>>>> as root.".  So I ran 'sudo ./guix-install.sh' and got an error message
>>>> saying that:
>>>>     GUIX_PROFILE="${HOME}/.guix-profile"
>>>>     source "${GUIX_PROFILE}/etc/profile"
>>>> the 'source' command doesn't work because ${GUIX_PROFILE} was never
>>>> created, ${HOME} being /home/clement, not /root.
>>>> To recover from this I had to manually delete /var/guix and /gnu, log as
>>>> root with 'su', and start again.
>>>> Clément
>>> I believe the script should install Guix in the user's home directory,
>>> not in ~root.
>> The manual says (see: (guix) Binary Installation):
>>   3. Make ‘root’’s profile available under ‘~/.guix-profile’:
>>           # ln -sf /var/guix/profiles/per-user/root/guix-profile \
>>                    ~root/.guix-profile
> I think the manual is wrong here.  This only makes sense if the user is
> 'root'.  Otherwise, the user would expect Guix to be installed in their
> home, not in root's home.  We could use the HOME and USER environment
> variables like this:
>   # ln -sf /var/guix/profiles/per-user/$USER/guix-profile $HOME/.guix-profile
> Thus, even if 'sudo' decides to change these environment variables, it
> will still be consistent.

The binary installation tarball only comes with a profile for 'root'.
The problem is that the installation script assumes $HOME will expand to
~root when sourcing the profile, but as you found that isn't always the

~root/.guix-profile is "hard-coded" many other places in the script, so
Tatianas solution seems sensible to me.

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