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Re: On the naming of System and Home services modules.

From: Xinglu Chen
Subject: Re: On the naming of System and Home services modules.
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 17:25:49 +0200

On Tue, Sep 28 2021, Ludovic Courtès wrote:

> Hi,
> (+ Cc: Oleg.)
> Andrew Tropin <> skribis:
>> For now my personal ranking of the ideas is following:
>> 1. Move to (gnu services ...) :: can(?) provide some additional reusability.
>> 2. Keep as it is right now (gnu home-services ...) :: already works.
>> 3. Move to (gnu home services ...) :: good stylistic change, but breaks
>> backward compatibility.
> As I stated in another message, backward compatibility is not a concern
> here from the Guix POV (of course it’s a concern for those who were
> already using pre-merge Guix Home, but for Guix all these APIs are new.)
> (As an aside, part of the reason I asked a few days ago to have more
> time for review was precisely so we could refine the APIs before it goes
> public.)
> I would very much like to have these modules renamed to (gnu home
> services …) quickly.  WDYT?  Could the two of you take a look?

I think it would be better to put home services in the same modules as
system services, i.e., (gnu services mcron) would contain the Mcron
service for Guix System and the Mcron service for Guix Home.  That would
also mean that we wouldn’t have to export ‘job-files’ and

I think using (gnu home services …) would only make sense if we already
had (gnu system services …).


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