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Re: Racket packages: formerly Move DrRacket to a separate output?

From: Christopher Lemmer Webber
Subject: Re: Racket packages: formerly Move DrRacket to a separate output?
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2020 17:55:45 -0500
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Dimakakos Dimos writes:

> Pierre Neidhardt writes:
>> I've (finally) pushed racket-minimal.
>> Hooray!
>> Now to the Racket importer... Anyone?
>> Dimakakos? :)
> Nice! It will be very useful. I've put some research into a build system
> for racket, and sadly it isn't trivial to match the racket package
> system to guix.
> There is a lot of state handling in racket specific files, since every
> package is indexed by linking the specific folder of a package. Right
> now I'm creating these files ad-hoc but it doens't seem the best
> approach, since racket is really slow searching for the dependencies in
> many folders. At the same time, racket tries sometims to rebuild
> packages that are passed as inputs. There are also circular dependencies
> and other stuff that need to be ironed out.
> I'm also talking with the creator of racket2nix, a similar project for
> nix and he had the same problems, so we discussed about working for a
> solution for both package managers.
> So in conclusion, I don't have a specific roadmap, but I'm still working
> on it.

Am I right then that the challenge is less an "importer" from the Racket
package repository and more to do with how Racket actually installs its
package outputs?  Or is it both?

Thanks for your hard work!

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