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Re: Help! I messed up guix-past

From: zimoun
Subject: Re: Help! I messed up guix-past
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2022 11:47:42 +0200

Hi Konrad,

On Sat, 10 Sep 2022 at 09:39, Konrad Hinsen <> wrote:

> It's worse: I wasn't even aware of being a committer before all of this
> mess. I had started preparing my patches as I do for Guix, and then I
> looked for contributor instructions. Didn't find any, so I tried the
> standard Gitlab merge request workflow, given that I have an account
> on the forge. Then I discovered that my account doesn't allow forks, and
> that I was supposed to use another workflow doing merge requests from a
> branch. That produced a merge request assigned to myself, which isn't
> really useful. Up to that point, I was convinced that I needed someone
> else to validate my patches, as for Guix.

Maybe you had been granted on July 2020 at an hackathon [1].


>> remove the problematic unsigned commit.  Maybe you can do it yourself,
>> push force to go back at ecfb8af08eb8aa7d7b6a4b1edcc5fb1e177fa214.
> As Ricardo said, force push isn't considered good behavior normally.
> But if everyone agrees that it's the best way out, I'd be happy to do
> it.

I do not know.  For now, nothing is “broken” and I get:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
$ cat /tmp/channels.scm
  (name 'past)
  (url "";)
  (branch "master"))

$ guix pull -C /tmp/channels.scm -p /tmp/trash
Updating channel 'past' from Git repository at 
guix pull: warning: pulled channel 'past' from a mirror of, which might be stale
Updating channel 'guix' from Git repository at 
Building from these channels:
  guix   4f134f2
  past      e9ccdb8

$ /tmp/trash/bin/guix show python2-scientific
name: python2-scientific
version: 2.9.4
-8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

> I'd prefer not to. I'd probably start my own channel instead. Or
> maintain an unauthenticated fork of guix-past. My goal is to get GPG out
> of my life. It's a major source of pain.

I agree.  And I think that authentication is more burden for typical
“scientific tools” than a concrete solution of a real problem.


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