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Re: statedir locations

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: statedir locations
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:49:08 +0100
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Mark H Weaver <address@hidden> skribis:

> 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.

Indeed (notice that I’m reading mail in the wrong order.)


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