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Re: guix is the guildhall that we always wanted!

From: Andy Wingo
Subject: Re: guix is the guildhall that we always wanted!
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:32:27 +0100
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On Fri 17 Mar 2017 12:30, address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:

>> So!  My proposal for this new "guildhall" would be:
>>     1. a web service
>>     2. on which users registers projects
>>     3. a project is a name + a git repository with a /package.scm file
>>     4. the package.scm contains Guix package definitions for that project
>>     5. the web service administers a git repository collecting those
>>        packages
>>        - without any overhead
>>        - without any manual checks
>>        - in a form that you can just check out once and add to 
>>     6. adding a new tag to a project's git repo of the form vX makes a
>>        release X and updates the guildhall package
>>        - it could be the web service has to poll git repos
>>        - or maybe you have to invoke some command to update guildhall
>>     7. probably we need to steal many ideas from
> So are you suggesting that the new guildhall would provide
> Guix-generated packs for those who don’t use Guix, and otherwise regular
> Guix packages?

No, I think the guildhall is simply another source of package
definitions for Guix.  Pack creation would be done by the user as
needed -- if I want to ship packages A, B, and C, I can just do that.
Some of those packages might be defined in Guix proper and some from

The interesting bit I think is simply being able to add to the set of
guildhall packages in a decentralized way, to complement the set of
packages in core Guix.  I imagine the package flow over time would be
from guildhall to core guix.


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