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Re: Guix binary tarball

From: Andreas Enge
Subject: Re: Guix binary tarball
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 08:47:44 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

On Fri, May 15, 2015 at 07:14:04PM +0200, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
> > - The tarball also contains /, /root and /var. When unpacking it, the owner
> >   and permissions are changed on the system.
> No.  Maybe we can fix it by using two tar invocations with different
> --owner.

Hm. Then maybe the documentation should suggest the following?

cd /tmp
tar xf ...
chmod ... (optional if we have the correct owners in the tarball)
mv root/.guix-profile /root
mv var/guix /var
mv /gnu /

This would also mean that the user does not need to put so much trust into us
that the tarball does not replace vital parts of the system...

> > Another point, which might simply lead to modifications in the 
> > documentation:
> OK, patch welcome.  :-)

Sure, as soon as the final approach is fixed.

> A couple of days earlier would have been even better, but thanks for the
> detailed feedback!  ;-)

I thought it would avoid me to update the system immediately afterwards again
if I waited for 0.8.2 :-)  Actually, we have not yet tried how this
installation method interacts with "guix pull".


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