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Re: Creating new package for Guix - newbie's question

From: d4n1
Subject: Re: Creating new package for Guix - newbie's question
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:37:32 -0300

great Matthew. I posted a simple process in my site/blog:

I separeted in 3 parts.

read the guix documentation too.


Daniel Pimentel (aka d4n1)
On Matthew Jordan <address@hidden>, Jun 12, 2016 6:26 PM wrote:

Hi Rodion,

Welcome to Guix!

Here is the fast way;

$ mkdir -p ${HOME}/tmp/packages/gnu/packages
$ export GUIX_PACKAGE_PATH="${HOME}/tmp/packages"

$ mv <package-file>.scm ${HOME}/tmp/packages/gnu/packages
$ guix build <package-name>

If you intend to contribute the package, keep reading.

> OK, that is not really a problem - I tried to create this package
> myself. So, I copied template "hello.scm" from documentation, modified
> it according to compton's build process.

See the following sections/chapters in the Guile Reference Manual;

5 Programming Interface (Page 41)

6.1 Invoking guix build (Page 75)

8 Contributing (Page 170))

> Question is - how I can test created package build process?
Here is what I do atm for developing packages.

$ guix environment guix --ad-hoc help2man git strace
$ eval `guix environment guix --ad-hoc --search-paths help2man git

$ export GUIX_BUILD_OPTIONS="--keep-failed --verbosity=3"
$ export BUILD_LOG=${HOME}/tmp/logs/pre-guix-build.log
$ mkdir -p $(dirname ${BUILD_LOG})

Inital setup
$ git clone --recurse git://

$ git pull --recurse-submodules

$ ./bootstrap
$ ./configure --localstate=/var
$ make
$ make check

Runs in the foreground
optional unless editing damon code
$ sudo ./pre-inst-env guix-daemon --build-users-group=guixbuild

Edit/add code under gnu/packages directory.

$ export GUIX_BUILD_OPTIONS="--keep-failed --verbosity=3"
$ ./pre-inst-env guix build hello &>/dev/stdout &>${BUILD_LOG}
$ ./pre-inst-env guix lint hello

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