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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: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:29:43 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.3 (gnu/linux)

Hi Maxim,

Maxim Cournoyer <address@hidden> skribis:

> --- a/doc/guix.texi
> +++ b/doc/guix.texi
> @@ -2387,8 +2387,8 @@ Success, you've now booted into Guix System!  From then 
> on, you can update the
>  system whenever you want by running, say:
>  @example
> -guix pull
> -sudo guix system reconfigure /etc/config.scm
> +sudo -i guix pull
> +sudo -i guix system reconfigure /etc/config.scm
>  @end example
>  @noindent
> @@ -2396,14 +2396,6 @@ This builds a new system generation with the latest 
> packages and services
>  (@pxref{Invoking guix system}).  We recommend doing that regularly so that
>  your system includes the latest security updates (@pxref{Security Updates}).
> -@c See <https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/guix-devel/2019-01/msg00268.html>.
> -@quotation Note
> -@cindex sudo vs. @command{guix pull}
> -Note that @command{sudo guix} runs your user's @command{guix} command and
> -@emph{not} root's, because @command{sudo} leaves @code{PATH} unchanged.  To
> -explicitly run root's @command{guix}, type @command{sudo -i guix @dots{}}.
> -@end quotation

I think these bits were correct.

That is, when running “sudo foo”, “foo” is looked up in the user’s
$PATH, not in root’s $PATH.  That’s what led to this text in commit

So this part is fine.

Perhaps we need another section for this?  Or perhaps we can drop the


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