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Re: Guix-based build tool

From: Catonano
Subject: Re: Guix-based build tool
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:02:38 +0200

2018-04-09 17:30 GMT+02:00 Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden>:

Pjotr Prins <address@hidden> skribis:

> Indeed, I love working with Guix and developing with Guix. Guix takes
> care of my deployment and configuration requirements.
> I have written some time in the past that with Guix you don't need
> autotools. The main thing autotools solve is configuring the build for
> an environment. At the same time, with Guix you get a predictable
> environment, so a make file (or similar) suffices. It is what I do in
> all my development projects - I don't use autotools to develop and
> deploy them. It greatly simplifies my existence :). Indeed, I have
> never liked autotools (essentially a nasty hack) and only used them
> before Nix/Guix. So, my approach is the same as yours :)


If we could provide tooling with an abstraction level close to that of a
makefile, that’d help a lot.

Actually, just like we have ‘emacs-build-system’, we could very much add
‘guile-build-system’ for simple Guile packages that don’t need/use
Autoconf & co.

‘guile-build-system’ would automatically run ‘guild compile’,
‘makeinfo’, etc. pretty much like we do here:

Once we have that, developers of Guile packages can simply drop a
‘.guix’ file in their project and use it with ‘guix environment’, ‘guix
build’, and ‘guix package’.

That’s coarser-grain than a makefile, of course, but would be a good
first step to providing tooling for people working on Guile code.

Any takers for ‘guile-build-system’?

Ahem... that would be me

This would be the most advanced thing I' ve ever done in Guile until now

Recently rekado observed that (system*... does NOT spawn a shell and execute commands in it

That was a surprise for me

Also in the Guile manual I found getcwd and a "chdir" (or something) in order to run a Unix command from within a certain folder

So I feel less in the dark than I felt until a short time ago

And anyway, I' ll pester you, should I get stuck

I won' t be fast, but I' ll keep you updated ;-)


A next step could be to add a tool that understands a syntax like that
of the guildhall, which gets us closer to the makefile/ level
of abstraction:

it's early for this one

We' ll see

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