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Re: Guix beyond 1.0: let’s have a roadmap!

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Guix beyond 1.0: let’s have a roadmap!
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 23:12:37 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.2 (gnu/linux)

Hi P,

P <address@hidden> skribis:

> System upgrades are still incredibly slow even with a small number of 
> packages, there definitely needs to be more build servers and a way to tell 
> `guix package -u` to wait for substitutes to become available.
> Package search is kind of bad compared to Arch's pacman.
> An alternative to pkgfile would also be nice for knowing which package has a 
> certain file.
> Just, speed... in general. Guix pull takes so long to compile things.

Agreed on all points… except perhaps for ‘guix search’ which I think got
better just today.  :-)

‘guix pull’ ideally doesn’t compile things and gets substitutes instead,
but it’s still very slow indeed.  Part of that is an issue with Guile’s
compiler.  Another part of it is the “Computing Guix derivation” bit,
which takes a bit less than a minute; this one could benefit from the
“recursive derivation” thing I listed (aka. “recursive Nix”).


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