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Re: guix home

From: Joshua Branson
Subject: Re: guix home
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2021 11:46:55 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.1 (gnu/linux)

Andrew Tropin <> writes:

> Hi guix!
> There is an implementation of `guix home` subcommand, which behaves
> similar to `guix system`, allowing declaratively manage applications and
> their configurations, but for a particular user, not the whole OS:

Thanks for sharing this!  And it's on sourcehut!  Very rock star of you!

> For now I personally manage just a few applications on my system and it
> seems that everything works as expected, but I plan to migrate all the
> "dotfiles" to it in nearest future. AFAIK, some people succesfully use
> it on other GNU/Linux distributions.

That's awesome!

> * Alternative solutions
> In contrast to guix-home-manager, `guix home` doesn't introduce any too

For those interested the guix-home-manager is here:

> innovative approaches (those ideas are cool, but in some use cases are
> too radical), `guix home` uses the same extension mechanism [fn:1] as
> guix system services and doesn't require to make HOME read-only. Thus,
> it's possible to start using `guix home` gradually, along with other
> tools and workflows (stow, guix package, chezmoi, yadm, etc).

Honestly, this is why I haven't tried the guix-home-manager.  I didn't
want to make /home read only.  That sounded hard to switch to.  I'll
have to give your guix home command a try!  It sounds easy!

> * Future steps
> `guix home` still under active development, but already complete enough
> for exloration and early adoption. There is no any documentation yet,
> because things were changing often and probably will change one more
> time during comming cleanup, however there were few video streams,
> explaining internals of `guix home`:
> mpv
> mpv
> mpv
> The question is: do we want and need at all `guix home` to be a part of
> the guix? As for me, the tool seems like a natural addition to guix's
> declarative configuration management approach and covers the missing
> piece of user space software management and as I mentioned early
> upstreaming will allow to make it better integrated with the rest of the
> guix and easier to use for newcommers and casual users, but my
> perception is obviously biased.

I believe the goal is to eventually merge guix-home-manager (or
something like it) into guix.  (I'm more of a guix documentation guy, so
perhaps a guix developer can better answer this).

> --
> Best regards,
> Andrew Tropin

I'm going to remember that name.  Andrew's going places!

Joshua Branson (joshuaBPMan in #guix)
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