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Re: new manifest format readers?

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: new manifest format readers?
Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:56:45 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.2 (gnu/linux)


Ricardo Wurmus <address@hidden> skribis:

> Can we simplify this case by adding manifest readers for different
> formats?  One simple format could be plain text:
> # this is for compilers
> address@hidden
> address@hidden
> # this is for fun
> cdogs-sdl
> The manifest reader would just discard # comments and interpret each
> non-empty line as a spec string.

Sounds reasonable.

I guess we’d need to add a new option to read this format, or should
‘guix package -m’ try to automatically dispatch based on the file name
extension with a new --format option to override the guess?

> While I love Scheme, I don’t think anything is to be gained from
> exposing users who don’t want to use Scheme for manifests to opaque
> blobs of code and syntax they don’t want to understand.

I thought everyone needed their dose of parentheses, but maybe you’re
right.  :-)


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