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[bug#43159] [PATCHES v2] scripts: Use 'define-command' and have 'guix he
[bug#43159] [PATCHES v2] scripts: Use 'define-command' and have 'guix help' use that.
Thu, 10 Sep 2020 12:55:04 +0200
mu4e 1.4.13; emacs 27.1
I’m a bit late, but I’m very happy to see that “for developers” has
become “for development”!
Ludovic Courtès <email@example.com> writes:
> Ludovic Courtès <firstname.lastname@example.org> skribis:
>> Here’s a v2 of the patches, where I tried to take your feedback into
>> account. Changes:
>> • Categories that appear in uses of ‘define-command’ are now validated
>> at macro-expansion time.
>> • (guix scripts) contains an alist of the known categories and
>> ‘show-help’ traverses it.
Knowing that guile-config exists for automatically generating help
screens, configuration files, command line options, and all that I
wonder if there’s anything here that could become part of guile-config
and move out of Guix.
I had been in that situation myself where I felt that guile-config may
not be a great fit for my help texts because of minor quibbles about the
format or the way things are presented by default. In the end I decided
to use guile-config, because I prefer to have this handled by someone
else who keeps thinking about the problems relating to argument parsing,
configuration files, and help texts.
It may not be a great fit for Guix now, but I wonder if it could. In
the long run I think it would be good for Guix to become a little less
special — no matter if that’s monad macros, records, argparsing, or
This is not a recommendation either way. I just wonder if in the long
term we could benefit from moving all this to a separate package.
>> • Changed the label for development commands to “commands for
>> development”, and changed “advanced” to “plumbing”.
>> • Added a “packaging” category.
>> • Fixed the typos you reported.
> I pushed this v2 as 3794ce93be8216d8378df7b808ce7f53b1e05a53.
Excellent! Thank you!
[bug#43159] [PATCH 0/2] Make 'guix help' helpful, Efraim Flashner, 2020/09/02
[bug#43159] [PATCH 0/2] Make 'guix help' helpful, zimoun, 2020/09/03