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Re: Eliminate environment variable hints?

From: Brett Gilio
Subject: Re: Eliminate environment variable hints?
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:02:43 -0600
User-agent: mu4e 1.0; emacs 26.1

Ricardo Wurmus writes:

> Hi Guix,
> when installing a package into a profile Guix very helpfully tells you
> that you may need to set certain environment variables.  It doesn’t tell
> you that these environment variables can also be set by source’ing the
> generated etc/profile file.
> I have seen the bashrc and bash_profile files of many users and they are
> usually full of conflicting environment variable definitions.  In these
> files I often also see these Guix recommendations.
> I think Guix should suggest sourcing the generated etc/profile file
> instead of listing explicit environment variable definitions.  It would
> be less noisy and less confusing, in my opinion.
> What do you think?
> (What about people who don’t use Bash?)

I think this is a good idea. It may also be worth mentioning that these
suggestions can also be set in environments using the --search-paths
flag. I know that is said in the documentation, but maybe it could be
highlighted somehow?

Brett Gilio

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