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Re: Introducing ‘guix pack’

From: Andy Wingo
Subject: Re: Introducing ‘guix pack’
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:00:44 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.5 (gnu/linux)

Hey :)

On Tue 14 Mar 2017 14:42, address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:

> If we remove /var/guix/profiles, users will have to actually type
> /gnu/store/asasdfadfgsadfa-profile/bin/guile.  This is not great, but I
> don’t know what else could be done.  We could profile a
> /bin/guile → /gnu/store/asasdfadfgsadfa-profile/bin/guile symlink, but
> perhaps that’s risky too.

As we were discussing in the channel, maybe it's OK for these binary
installs to claim "/opt/gnu".  Then we expose the profile in /opt/gnu,
so you would run Guile as /opt/gnu/bin/guile.  Additionally you could
actually build against that Guile, which would be pretty neat.  If the
user untars multiple guix packs, /gnu/store easily absorbs the union,
and /opt/gnu will adjoin any new profile directories/files and replace
any overwritten links.

We would have to make sure the union directory in /opt/gnu has all real
directories and only symlink files, as per the recent patch on


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