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Re: statedir locations

From: Mark H Weaver
Subject: Re: statedir locations
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:05:04 -0500
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address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:

> Mark H Weaver <address@hidden> skribis:
>> address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:
>>> John Darrington <address@hidden> skribis:
>>>> It has come to my attention that guix packages (at least those with gnu 
>>>> build system)
>>>> default their statedirs to directories under /nix/store/.  Recall that the 
>>>> statedirs (ie: 
>>>> sharedstatedir localstatedir and runstatedir) are for installing data 
>>>> files *which the programs
>>>> modify while they run* [1].   Obviously a program cannot modify anything 
>>>> under /nix/store
>>>> I think we need to update the default configure flags.
>>> Yes.  We actually have a number of local modifications:
>>>   $ grep -e --localstatedir gnu/packages/*.scm | wc -l
>>>   5
>>> I think we should change gnu-build-system.scm to pass
>>> --localstatedir=/var, unless ‘configure-flags’ specify another setting.
>>> I’ll do that in ‘core-updates’.
>> What about 'sharestatedir' and 'runstatedir'?
> ‘runstatedir’ is in the not-yet-released Autoconf, but otherwise, yeah,
> they all deserve the same treatment.

So there's a problem.  Lots of builds are now failing, because "make
install" often tries to create /var or /com and does not have sufficient
permissions to do so.

I'm not sure what to do about this.


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