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From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#36870:
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 12:11:56 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.2 (gnu/linux)


Bengt Richter <address@hidden> skribis:

> On +2019-08-06 02:54:03 -0400, Mark H Weaver wrote:
>> Hi Bengt,
>> I'm sorry that I didn't have time to fully read your messages, but if I
>> understand correctly from my quick skimming, the 'date' command from
>> Guix is failing to access the zoneinfo.  I think I see your problem.
>> Bengt Richter <address@hidden> writes:
>> > $ strace -y date|& egrep 'America|^write'|sed -e 's:,:,\n    :g'
>> > openat(AT_FDCWD,
>> >      
>> > "/gnu/store/h90vnqw0nwd0hhm1l5dgxsdrigddfmq4-glibc-2.28/share/zoneinfo/America/Los_Angeles",
>> >      O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
>> The file name above suggests that your TZDIR variable is not set
>> correctly to allow Guix-built binaries to find the zoneinfo files.
>> On Guix systems, /etc/environment includes an entry that sets TZDIR to
>> the equivalent of "$(guix build tzdata)/share/zoneinfo".
>> When using Guix on top of another distro, an alternative choice might be
>> to set TZDIR to "/usr/share/zoneinfo".  I'm not sure which setting is
>> preferable on non-Guix systems.
>> Can you try setting TZDIR and see if that solves the problem for you?
>>      Regards,
>>        Mark
> Thanks, that works using either /usr/... or /gnu/...

Good, closing!

> but I am thinking everything guix should be accessed via
> some profile if it's configurable?
> There is already a suggestion to source like this:
> GUIX_PROFILE="$HOME/.guix-profile"
> . "$GUIX_PROFILE/etc/profile"
> I think it would be nice if that were the only ~/.bash_profile
> mod a foreign-system user would have to make to tie into the
> guix packages such user installs with guix install.
> So what about having that GUIX_PROFILE profile -- at its end --
> source ~/.guixrc if it exists, and then when some installation wants
> to suggest some environment settings, just automatically
> append commented-out code to ~/.guixrc.

I agree that it’d be nice to somehow tell users about ‘TZDIR’, but I’m
reluctant to introducing yet another profile file.

I’m not sure what would be the best approach!


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