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Re: Preparing for the libc/locale upgrade

From: Federico Beffa
Subject: Re: Preparing for the libc/locale upgrade
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:12:37 +0200

On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 4:32 PM, Mark H Weaver <address@hidden> wrote:
> Federico Beffa <address@hidden> writes:
>> address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:
>> [...]
>>> Consequences for Guix on foreign distros:
>>>   • If the host distro provides binaries that use libc < 2.22 and you
>>>     use a mixture of Guix-provided and distro-provided programs, this is
>>>     pretty bad.
>>>     Solution: unset LOCPATH and say goodbye to locales for Guix-provided
>>>     packages (setting LOCPATH=$HOME/.guix-profile/lib/locale would break
>>>     all the distro-provided programs), or use exclusively Guix-provided
>>>     programs, or use the “C” locale.
>> Does this means that Guix on other distributions is no longer of
>> interest to the Guix project and it is essentially unsupported?
>> Or is this a transitory situation and an acceptable solution is being
>> worked on?
> I think I know a workaround: leave LOCPATH unset, and make
> /run/current-system/locale a symlink to freshly generated locales for
> glibc 2.22.  Guix-compiled software is configured to look for locales
> there if LOCPATH is unset.

That's a promising trick.

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