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Re: [OUTREACHY] Proposal: substitutes over IPFS

From: Pierre Neidhardt
Subject: Re: [OUTREACHY] Proposal: substitutes over IPFS
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:05:28 +0200


Ludovic Courtès <> writes:

> While discussing it on IRC, the idea of turning the IPFS work into an
> Outreachy came up, and I think it’s a good idea!
> Technically, the work would consist in completing the prototype at
> <>, which entails roughly the
> following:
>   • Updating (guix ipfs) to the latest IPFS HTTP API (I think IPFS no
>     longer has a separate “gateway”).
>   • Inserting directories as “UnixFS” instead of the custom data
>     structure.
>   • Finishing the ‘guix substitute’ implementation, allowing users to
>     choose whether or not to use IPFS, and allowing for smooth
>     integration on the main branch.
>   • Testing publication/substitution in the real world, with fellow
>     hackers.
>   • (Optional.) Try and use IPFS for long-term source tarball
>     archival.
> Perhaps Pierre (Cc’d) has more ideas on this.

Looking good!

> Who’d be willing to mentor it?

Sorry, I won't have time to commit for this, but I'd be happy to
contribute to the discussion (and testing!).


Pierre Neidhardt

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