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Re: Inconsistency between "guix system" and "guix package"

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Inconsistency between "guix system" and "guix package"
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:43:02 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.3 (gnu/linux)

Hey hey!

Alex Kost <address@hidden> skribis:

> Hartmut Goebel (2017-09-22 14:13 +0200) wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I just stepped into problems listing the generations of "system". Then I
>> found out:
>> "guix system" uses sub-commands
>>     guix system list-generations
>>     guix system roll-back
>>     guix system switch-generation
>> Contrary to this "guix package" uses options:
>>     guix package --list-generations
>>     guix package --switch-generation
>>     guix package --roll-back
>>     guix package --delete-generations
>> Please also note there is no "guix system delete-generations"!
>> This difference is confusing. Should I report this as a bug?
> I think it's not a bug, just some inconsistency that was accumulated
> with time.  I also asked about it 2 years ago:
> My understanding is that people would agree on unified actions/options
> for "package" and "system" commands.  The problem is that no one has
> worked in this direction :-)

That’s a good summary.  :-)

There’s also the problem that ‘guix package’ needs to support multiple
actions on the same line, for transactions, as in:

  guix package -i guile -r python

So we cannot just have “guix package install” or “guix package remove”.


It’s one of these simple problems that appear to lack a simple solution.


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