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Re: Will 2021 be the year of build systems on gexps?

From: Ricardo Wurmus
Subject: Re: Will 2021 be the year of build systems on gexps?
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 17:08:41 +0100
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Ludovic Courtès <> writes:

> Hello!
> Ludovic Courtès <> skribis:
>> Ludovic Courtès <> skribis:
>>> Over the last few days I’ve been head-down working on
>>> ‘wip-build-systems-gexp’, the mythical branch that brings gexps to build
>>> systems and packages, so we can say goodbye to
>>> ‘build-expression->derivation’.  And… it’s quite a ride!
>> The current tip of ‘wip-build-systems-gexp’ Just Works; it’s being built,
>> it can build ‘guix’ and cross-build things like ‘sed’:
>> (though Cuirass
>>   currently has unrelated problems)
> It’s building and well!

Excellent!  It’s great to see that you brought this idea across all
the hurdles you encountered in previous attempts.  Inspiring!

>> Here’s what I’d like to do in the coming days, if that doesn’t interfere
>> with what others have in mind for the upcoming release:
>>   • Monitor build failures due to typos/thinkos made while adjusting
>>     build systems;
>>   • Merge on ‘core-updates’.
> I’ll go ahead with that if there are no objections.

This sounds reasonable to me.  “core-updates” will need some work to
push it into shape for the next merge, but I don’t think merging a
well-monitored branch into “core-updates” would make the job
considerably harder.

Thank you!


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