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Re: Replacing Bower with "guix environment"

From: Christopher Allan Webber
Subject: Re: Replacing Bower with "guix environment"
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:40:08 -0500

Ludovic Courtès writes:

> Christopher Allan Webber <address@hidden> skribis:
>>  - The "hip new way" of doing things is to use Bower.  Bower is a
>>    package manager, but it's made specifically for static assets served
>>    to the user, such as css files, fonts, javascript like jquery, etc.
>>    Bower also puts these in an extlib/ or whatever, but it puts them in
>>    that place *for* you.
> Interesting.
> (Thinking out lout.)
> Just like ‘guix system vm’ returns a script that runs QEMU with the
> right arguments, one could imagine generating a script that copies
> dependencies in the right place maybe?
>   (define (make-installer assets)
>     (gexp->script "copy-assets"
>                   #~(begin
>                       (for-each copy-file 'address@hidden)
>                       ...)))
> (This could/should be turned into a package object so that adding it as
> an input would drop it in $PATH.)
> The developer would have to explicitly run that script to have the files
> copied under extlib/.
> Alternately one could generate a script that directly runs some http
> server with the right parameters so that it finds CSS files, JS files,
> etc.
> Does that make sense?
> Ludo’.

That's a very interesting idea!  (Conveniently, I just gave "guix system
vm" a test yesterday! :))

It makes sense to me, I think.  I'd like to give it a try... I need to
understand gexps better I suppose :)

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