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bug#33261: [substitute-urls] Fails when given only "berlin.guixsd.org"

From: swedebugia
Subject: bug#33261: [substitute-urls] Fails when given only "berlin.guixsd.org"
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2018 21:48:55 +0100


On 2018-11-05 20:46, Leo Famulari wrote:
On Mon, Nov 05, 2018 at 07:13:22PM +0100, Björn Höfling wrote:
I would not consider this a bug: It clearly says that it is not a
proper URI. Also in the documentation all URLs/URIs are written in the
form of

I agree that it's not a bug, but perhaps it's more like a wishlist item.

Ideally, users would not need to concern themselves with implementation
details like protocol selection.

Guix could offer a more unified or simpler interface for authorizing and
selecting substitute servers, and it would handle server addresses,
communication protocols, and key authorization. Currently it's very


It is error prone and hard to understand for newcomers what is going on behind the scenes.

I wrote this report from the perspective of a newcomer - ideally they should not receive any errors at all if you ask me.

Do you have any ideas how to implement anything better?

A newt-ncurses interface maybe?


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