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Re: (propagated) 'inputs' depends on 'outputs'?

From: Julien Lepiller
Subject: Re: (propagated) 'inputs' depends on 'outputs'?
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2020 10:28:06 -0400
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Le 16 juin 2020 08:41:58 GMT-04:00, zimoun <> a écrit :
>Bonjour Julien,
>On Sat, 13 Jun 2020 at 07:38, Julien Lepiller <>
>> Exactly, no. You cannot separate inputs from outputs, because they
>> part of the same derivation. When you build an output, you actually
>> build the complete derivation and there's no way to separate that in
>> "this part builds out" and "this part builds doc", etc.
>So it means that I need to build all the outputs even if I am
>in only one, right?

Absolutely, but you shouldn't thenk of it as building multiple outputs, because 
you are really just building one thing: there is only one package object, one 
derivation. It happens to create multiple directories in the store, but there's 
only one thing you build.

>If I run "guix install foo:out --no-substitutes" then I potentially
>build any other "outputs"" of foo, e.g., "doc" i.e., potentially
>download a lot of TeX stuff, or in the case of Git, all the Subversion
>stuff.  Right?

Yes, because building foo:out doesn't make sense. You build foo and guix is 
nice enough to understand that's wgat you mean :)

>Even if at the end, only the references used by "foo:out" will be
>tracked and all the others potentially garbage collected.  Right?
>> It would make sense to only propagate for some outputs: suppose at
>> runtime only foo:bin requires the propagation of bar. Since foo and
>> bar are already built, it should be possible to restrict the
>> propagation behaviour to that output. Foo:out would not bring in bar
>> anymore, reducing the closure size.
>Yes, it seems making sense to only propagated if the output needs it.
>Well, if it is not implemented yet maybe it is because it is not really
>necessary. :-)

That cannot be automated because usually we use propagation when there is no 
direct reference. It wouldn't be useful otherwise.

>Thank you for explaining.  It is clearer for me now.

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