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Re: read-o-phobia and guile packages

From: Catonano
Subject: Re: read-o-phobia and guile packages
Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2017 12:39:54 +0200

2017-06-03 12:25 GMT+02:00 ng0 <address@hidden>:
Catonano transcribed 4.6K bytes:
> Dear Guix,
> some time ago I packaged Freexl for Guix
> I would like to write a guile module to wrap Freexl and then use my module
> to import data from a bunch of .xls[x] files into a postgresql db
> II would like my guile module to be packaged in Guix of course
> The problem is that I can't make a proper package of a  guile module
> containing also some C code 😕
> I took a look at Paroneayea's guile-gcrypt and I don't understand very much
> of all that m4 macros kung fu
> I think amz3 is having similarly a hard time in packaging his guile based
> wrap around the Wiredtiger C API
> Just to give you an example, in this excerpt (from guile-gcrypt
> )
> dnl Prepare a version of $datadir that does not contain references to
> dnl shell variables.  (Borrowed from Sly, which borrowed from Guix...)
> guile_gcrypt_prefix="`eval echo $prefix | sed -e"s|NONE|/usr/local|g"`"
> guile_gcrypt_datadir="`eval eval echo $datadir | sed -e
> "s|NONE|$guile_gcrypt_prefix|g"`"
> AC_SUBST([guile_gcrypt_datadir])
> What does "Prepare a version of $datadir that does not contain references to
> shell variables." mean ?
> I don't even understand the problem being stated here
> And then I think we are substituting "/usr//local" withh NONE in the prefix
> But why ?
> Of course all the remaining is obscure to me and the same goes
> for and the contents of the "m4" folder
> It would be useful to have a tutorial about how to do that
> Or even some hints about what certain things mean, in there
> Maybe using a different build system would be easier ?
> Maybe WAF or Meson or any other ?
> My (limited) experience is limited to Leiningen and Boot, on this
> As for the read-o-fobia in the subect: please, don't suggest me to read the
> autotools manual. Please 😕

Do you absolutely require autotools?

No. I just want something that works
I provide a, Makefile, 
and if necessary Makefile.system (for systems other than
GNU/Linux)... this is in all my published and non-public

If your software has a guile part and a C part, that could fit my needs

So, do a and a Makefile, without make for a simpler solution ?
How so ?
I'm not sure I understand
Can you point me to a repository of yours with a Guile based proect with a C library and such and Makefile files ?


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