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Re: Scope of support for Guix on other distros

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Scope of support for Guix on other distros
Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:21:36 +0200
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Christopher Allan Webber <address@hidden> skribis:

> Ricardo Wurmus writes:
>> Christopher Allan Webber <address@hidden> writes:
>>> Since these don't provide Guix in the main repo (and Debian won't
>>> because we violate the FHS with /gnu/) we could probably auto-generate
>>> the .deb or .rpm from some gexp?
>> I was thinking about adding support for the “deb” package format to
>> “guix pack”.  We can already create fat tarballs, so it shouldn’t be too
>> much effort to create fat Debian archives.
> I think this would be a huge win!

Indeed!  .deb is quite simple:

It wouldn’t be optimal in that the generated package would be
self-contained: it would bring its own Guile, libgc, etc. instead of
using those of the host distro.  But it does mean that it would work
pretty well.  :-)

Another option would be to make a derivation that runs Checkinstall in a
Debian VM, which would provide a package that’s better integrated with
Debian, but it’s more tedious.


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