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Re: Proposal: prefetch tarballs in a batch

From: Nikita Karetnikov
Subject: Re: Proposal: prefetch tarballs in a batch
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:29:26 +0400

So, in order to add a tarball to the store, one can write:

$ ./pre-inst-env guile
scheme@(guile-user)> ,use (guix store) (guix packages) (guix derivations) (gnu 
packages wget)
scheme@(guile-user)> (define s (open-connection))
scheme@(guile-user)> (package-source-derivation s (package-source wget))
$1 = #<derivation 
/gnu/store/jf4hzf16akk7bjidpr6im3wamfnr5rpv-wget-1.15.tar.xz.drv => 
/gnu/store/qz9vm8802v6pi69ci2kgnvfivrkr085r-wget-1.15.tar.xz 1922cd0>
scheme@(guile-user)> (build-derivations s (list $1))
$2 = #t
scheme@(guile-user)> (file-exists? (derivation->output-path $1))
$3 = #t

And to get a list of inputs (including the implicit ones):

scheme@(guile-user)> ,use (srfi srfi-26)
scheme@(guile-user)> (for-each (cut format #t "~a~%" <>) (derivation-inputs 
(package-derivation s wget)))
#<<derivation-input> path: 
"/gnu/store/divcaakxh5zhgpkih3paxb6znmnpbzhw-guile-2.0.11.drv" sub-derivations: 
#<<derivation-input> path: 
sub-derivations: ("out")>
#<<derivation-input> path: 
"/gnu/store/rx5kn39gcc0vm4hwr81kcwpxgybx2yay-perl-5.16.1.drv" sub-derivations: 

Then ‘read-derivation’ can be used to “turn” a <derivation-input> type into 

scheme@(guile-user)> ,use (srfi srfi-1)
scheme@(guile-user)> (call-with-input-file (derivation-input-path (first 
(derivation-inputs (package-derivation s wget)))) read-derivation)
$4 = #<derivation /gnu/store/divcaakxh5zhgpkih3paxb6znmnpbzhw-guile-2.0.11.drv 
=> /gnu/store/6mfc9dhala2mnkmc8xjyjzc04mxwym26-guile-2.0.11-debug 
/gnu/store/1r1097pd7842mf3fpyhfn86wdrilx73q-guile-2.0.11 1922fa0>

I’m planning to do the same for every input.  But a couple of things are
not clear:

1. Should the recursion stop when ‘fixed-output-derivation?’ returns #t?
   Or should I use a different function for the base case?

2. I’d like to use ‘package-source-derivation’ (see above) in order to
   get a tarball.  Is it possible to get a <package> type from
   <derivation>?  If not, what are my options?

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