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bug#36785: Impossible to pull on foreign distro

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#36785: Impossible to pull on foreign distro
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2019 10:09:02 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.2 (gnu/linux)

Hi Julien,

Julien Lepiller <address@hidden> skribis:

> Le 26 juillet 2019 01:03:08 GMT+02:00, "Ludovic Courtès" <address@hidden> a 
> écrit :


>>;; In 0.15.0+ we'd create ~/.config/guix/current-[0-9]*-link symlinks. 
>>  ;; them to %PROFILE-DIRECTORY.
>>  (unless (string=? %profile-directory
>>              (dirname (canonicalize-profile %user-profile-directory)))
>>    (migrate-generations %user-profile-directory %profile-directory))


> Could there be some veird interaction between sudo and these 
> %profile-directory and %user-profile-directory variables?

Indeed.  I added ‘pk’ calls to print ‘%profile-directory’ and
(canonicalize-profile %user-profile-directory), and here’s what I see
with ‘sudo’:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
$ sudo -E ./pre-inst-env guix pull

;;; (pd "/var/guix/profiles/per-user/root")

;;; (upd "/home/ludo/.config/guix/current")
Migrating profile generations to '/var/guix/profiles/per-user/root'...
guix pull: error: symlink: Dosiero jam ekzistas: 
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

‘%user-profile-directory’ is computed as a function of $HOME, which is
unchanged when using ‘sudo’, whereas ‘%profile-directory’ is computed as
a function of $USER.

I think $HOME should always prevail over the home directory defined in
/etc/passwd, so think we should not change the way
‘%user-profile-directory’ is computed.

We could do this:

--- a/guix/profiles.scm
+++ b/guix/profiles.scm
@@ -1721,7 +1721,8 @@ because the NUMBER is zero.)"
 (define %profile-directory
   (string-append %state-directory "/profiles/"
-                 (or (and=> (or (getenv "USER")
+                 (or (and=> (or (getenv "SUDO_USER")
+                                (getenv "USER")
                                 (getenv "LOGNAME"))
                             (cut string-append "per-user/" <>))
… but then ‘sudo guix pull’ won’t update root’s guix at all.

Otherwise I’m thinking of this gross hack:

diff --git a/guix/scripts/pull.scm b/guix/scripts/pull.scm
index 54bbaddf30..8d8a8aa889 100644
--- a/guix/scripts/pull.scm
+++ b/guix/scripts/pull.scm
@@ -293,8 +293,9 @@ true, display what would be built without actually building 
   ;; In 0.15.0+ we'd create ~/.config/guix/current-[0-9]*-link symlinks.  Move
   ;; them to %PROFILE-DIRECTORY.
-  (unless (string=? %profile-directory
-                    (dirname (canonicalize-profile %user-profile-directory)))
+  (unless (or (getenv "SUDO_USER")
+              (string=? (pk 'pd %profile-directory)
+                        (dirname (pk 'upd (canonicalize-profile 
     (migrate-generations %user-profile-directory %profile-directory))
   ;; Make sure ~/.config/guix/current points to /var/guix/profiles/….
I think it’s acceptable because that’s “throw away” code anyway, and
it’s not supposed to be triggered these days.



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