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Re: Problems with downloading from https

From: Alex Kost
Subject: Re: Problems with downloading from https
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:03:10 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4 (gnu/linux)

Ian Denhardt (2014-10-26 00:02 +0400) wrote:

> Quoting Alex Kost (2014-10-25 13:30:26)
>> Hello, I noticed <>
>> and decided to ask about a similar problem I have.
>> Whenever I try to download anything from https, I get an error, for
>> example:
>> --8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
>> $ guix download
>> starting download of `/tmp/guix-file.Z7tZhy' from 
>> `'...
>> ;;; Failed to autoload make-session in (gnutls):
>> ;;; ERROR: missing interface for module (gnutls)
>> ERROR: In procedure module-lookup: Unbound variable: make-session
>> failed to download "/tmp/guix-file.Z7tZhy" from 
>> "";
>> guix download: error: download 
>> failed
>> --8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---
>> I have a feeling that I'm missing something obvious but I can't figure
>> it out.  Any help appreciated.
> Huh, I assumed this was just me having set up something wrong. Either
> this is an actual bug, or we've hit the same pitfall with configuration.
> Do others have this working? What's your setup like? I'm running in a
> git checkout on an up-to-date Archlinux system, set up according to the
> instructions in the README.

The same for me (Arch Linux as well).  Unhappily, as you can see at
gnutls is built without guile support (./configure … --disable-guile).
Thus gnutls from Arch Linux wouldn't work; so I installed gnutls using
guix and augmented guile paths with:


With this guile can find (gnutls) module and the error disappears.

Ludovic Courtès (2014-10-26 01:53 +0400) wrote:

> The problem is that the GnuTLS Guile bindings must be installed for
> ‘guix download’ to work with HTTPS (the manual suggests it, but perhaps
> not clearly enough?)

Thanks for the explanation.  The manual is absolutely clear, I just
didn't read it properly :-)

> So just install GnuTLS, make sure ‘guile -c '(use-modules (gnutls))'’
> succeeds, and then it’ll work.

Yes, I installed gnutls, but it didn't work because I didn't set the
right guile paths: “guix package --search-paths” recommends
but "gnutls.scm" is actually placed in
so ‘(use-modules (gnutls))’ failed for me.

Perhaps “guix package --search-paths” should be adjusted to recommend
the following (?):



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