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Re: Release progress, week 8

From: Maxim Cournoyer
Subject: Re: Release progress, week 8
Date: Sun, 04 Dec 2022 00:32:11 -0500
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Hi Simon,

zimoun <> writes:

> Hi Ludo,
> On Fri, 02 Dec 2022 at 23:45, Ludovic Courtès <> wrote:
>> I started writing super long release notes (a book!), comments welcome:
>> Comments?  Suggestions?  Happiness?  Excitement?  You tell!

Thank you for writing it!  It looks good, though I think the explanation
of the benefit of GUIX_PYTHONPATH is a bit backward; one of the main
goals was to avoid having foreign distributions break spectacularly
because of Guix exposing their (sometimes incompatible) Python libraries
via the shared PYTHONPATH.  It also fixed a sometimes useful use case of
using Python's virtualenv on top of Guix.


> About “guix pack -f deb”, I thought it was experimental and it is not
> mentioned.  Maybe,

I don't think there's a need to label it as experimental.  The mechanics
are simple, and already proven to work.  I don't see the user-facing
options changing in backward incompatible ways in the future.

>                                                                  —has
> been extended with an experimental format: `guix pack -f deb` creates a
> standalone `.deb` package 
> It reminds me that,
> could fit a Guix blog post.  Mathieu, WDYT?

Mathieu wrote one already, it's published on their personal blog.  I've
read it recently, it was interesting [0]


> About the part « **Python packaging** has seen important changes. » I
> would mention the removal of many Python 2 packages.  Maxim, WDYT?

It's already mentioned in the NEWS which will land in the announcement
emails, at least.  We could mention that despite removing 500+ Python 2
packages, our collection has grown from X to Y ;-).

I'll see if I can squeeze some extra bits in before the release.


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