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Re: Installing Guix easily on other distros

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Installing Guix easily on other distros
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:58:08 +0200
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"Thompson, David" <address@hidden> skribis:

> On Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 10:28 AM, Ricardo Wurmus
> <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Thompson, David <address@hidden> writes:
>>> On Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 9:51 AM, Hartmut Goebel
>>> <address@hidden> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> today on irc, there was discussion about that Guix should be easily
>>>> installable and manageable in other distros being higher priority. This
>>>> could attract more users to ry out Guix. So I created a draft .spec-file
>>>> for building and installing Guix o RPM-based systems like Fedora.
>>>> Maybe someone using Fedora may want to add a package request in their
>>>> bug-tracker. I already did for Mageia.
>>> This has come up several times, and I agree that we should provide
>>> packages for popular GNU/Linux distributions.  However, Guix *cannot*
>>> be made available in many distros official repositories (most notably
>>> Debian and Fedora) because Guix violates their policies, such as:
>>> - Software must conform to the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
>>> (violation: Guix introduces the /gnu directory)
>>> - Software must be bootstrapped from source (violation: Guix requires
>>> a set of bootstrap binaries that *cannot* be replaced by the distro
>>> without changing the hashes of every package, effectively preventing
>>> them from receiving binaries from
>>> Guix is at odds with other distros because it is a distro itself.  So,
>>> I think what would be best is for users of these distros to host Guix
>>> packages in popular places for third-party packages, like Arch's AUR
>>> or Fedora's COPR:
>>> What would be even better is if people *told us* when they made a
>>> package.  I learned about these indirectly, long after they were
>>> originally available.
>> Could we add the .spec, PKGBUILD, and debian files to the Guix
>> repository?  I know of many projects that include the package manifests
>> to simplify building packages for major distributions.
>> An advantage would be that we knew about these files and users wouldn’t
>> have to search around for the latest package sources.
> That sounds like a good idea.  I would welcome patches for such things.

Seconded (as long as it’s one or two files per distro.)


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