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Re: ‘guix publish’ now compresses archives

From: Tomáš Čech
Subject: Re: ‘guix publish’ now compresses archives
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:50:24 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.6.1-neo (2016-06-11)

On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 04:23:14PM +0200, Ricardo Wurmus wrote:

Tomáš Čech <address@hidden> writes:

Imagine situation where person A is running some distribution with
Guix package manager on top and has some set of his personal packages
containing additional patches which are not part of Guix GIT.

He'd like to share the package with person B, running different
distribution with Guix package manager at different revision on top,
with different set of personal packages and alterations.

I'd like to provide them a way, how to pass from person A to person B
some binary archive in a way that he could understand (and verify)
what he received. If it requries out-of-tree package definitions of
person A, patches, etc, bundle it together.

This is already possible with “guix archive --export” and “--import”.
What’s not so nice about this is that you can end up with binaries in
your store that you cannot rebuild yourself (because you never had the
sources to begin with).  (I wonder if this has implications on software

~~ Ricardo

Ooops, I answered to Ricardo only...

Yes, you can take exported archive (optionally with it's dependencies
- --recursive) and add it to the person B's store. That is comparable
to tarball (and making Guix aware of new items in store).

The thing that you can't rebuild the binaries is exactly my point,
because person A knows how to build it, but person B does not. Thanks!


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