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bug#32126: call-with-temporary-directory rarely cleans up after itself

From: Leo Famulari
Subject: bug#32126: call-with-temporary-directory rarely cleans up after itself
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:59:37 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.0 (2018-05-17)

While testing something, I noticed that temporary directories created
with ((guix utils) call-with-temporary-directory) were not being

This procedure is documented to delete the directories after execution:

"Call PROC with a name of a temporary directory; close the directory and
delete it when leaving the dynamic extent of this call."

It uses rmdir, which is documented as follows: "Remove the existing
directory named by path. The directory must be empty for this to
succeed." [0]

I think this is a case where one expects the directory to be deleted as
with `rm -rf`, regardless of whether or not it is empty.

Should we alter the call-with-temporary-directory procedure to use
((guix build utils) delete-file-recursively)?


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