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bug#40123: glibc-locales: links missing in root user profile

From: Mikael Djurfeldt
Subject: bug#40123: glibc-locales: links missing in root user profile
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2020 19:29:03 +0100

On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 7:18 PM Marius Bakke <address@hidden> wrote:
Tje Mikael,

Mikael Djurfeldt <address@hidden> writes:

> To reproduce the bug:
> * install guix on top of an ordinary linux distribution using the install
> script at guix.gnu.org
> * install glibc-locales as root
> Expected:
> There should be a link ~root/.guix-profile/lib/locales

That should be ~root/.guix-profile/lib/locale (note the singular).

Right (just misspelled in the bug report).
This directory actually comes pre-populated with a small subset of UTF-8
locales when using the binary installation method like the script does,
so it's odd if you don't find anything there.

I think so too. (But it's not true that it is a small subset of UTF-8 locales. It's a big package with several types of locale.)

Which distribution are you on,

Debian Buster
and how do you become root?

sudo -i
  Is the $HOME
variable set to root's home directory when you are in a root shell?


To figure out where the package gets installed, try running this

find /var/guix/profiles -name sv_SE.utf8 -type d

It's obvious that that line will produce an empty result. That is because the sv_SE.utf8 directory only exists in the store. But I don't see the point of looking it up in the store. The problem is that the link into the store from the root user profile is never created. (It *is* created in other user profiles.)

Best regards,

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