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Re: Small documentation improvements

From: Martin H.
Subject: Re: Small documentation improvements
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2017 01:37:16 +0200
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Am 2017-08-05 23:09, schrieb address@hidden:

"Martin H." <address@hidden> skribis:

I've pulled my hair out because I wasn't able to build any
package. Turns out the following line at "Running Guix Before It Is

$ sudo ./pre-inst-env guix-daemon --build-users-group=guixbuild

should rather be

$ sudo -E ./pre-inst-env guix-daemon --build-users-group=guixbuild

Otherwise the daemon won't have the GUILE_LOAD_PATH set correctly. At
least when running this from a user checkout of Guix on a GuixSD

Indeed.  I made this change and added a note to explain.  Thanks!

Actually, it seems this change was totally wrong and broke my system. At least that's what happened: I didn't really realize it immediately, but after this change and the first successful package compile inside my guix checkout I ended up with broken links to libgcc and libstd++. That means I couldn't run any command anymore. I had to boot a live cd and fix those problems manually the hard way in order to get the system to boot again.

The "sudo -E" makes GUILE_LOAD_PATH contain the paths of the development guix instance *in addition* to the paths of the system instance (in /run/current-system). As far as I understand, that then means two guix daemons with different packages sources are partially operating on the same store directories. The development checkout should rather only use its own store directory, right? Can anyone clear up how it is supposed to work?

So the documentation change should probably immediately be reverted.

The reason I tried this change in the first place was that each `guix build` call ends up with the following error, when the daemon is not started with "sudo -E":

substitute: ;;; Failed to autoload make-session in (gnutls):
substitute: ;;; ERROR: missing interface for module (gnutls)
substitute: Backtrace:
substitute: 1 (primitive-load "/home/martin/git/guix/scripts/guix")
substitute: In guix/ui.scm:
substitute:   1331:12  0 (run-guix-command _ . _)
substitute: guix/ui.scm:1331:12: In procedure run-guix-command:
substitute: guix/ui.scm:1331:12: In procedure module-lookup: Unbound variable: make-session guix build: error: corrupt input while restoring archive from #<closed: file 1fe3d90>

There probably has to be a different solution to this problem. I found recent threads with similar problems, but this seems to be different.


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