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Re: Package Installation takes a very long time - normal?

From: Niall Dooley
Subject: Re: Package Installation takes a very long time - normal?
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:28:15 +0100

Yes, of course. Plus at the end I meant it wouldn't be the first time in my
case of user error.

I'm running Guix 20170710.15 as I did a `guix pull' this afternoon so I
presume the most recent build. I'm currently trying to install several R
related packages (only just started after my first mail) so I'll report back
how long it takes. The command I've used is as follows:

guix package -i r-caret r-ggplot2 r-rpart r-e1071 r-randomforest r-rocr r-class

As I type my terminal window is churning away but occasionally it pauses
seemingly doing nothing and then it will again start churning posting the
various messages. It's certainly past the initial updating of the
substitutes and
downloading phase. If I had to guess based on the messages I can catch it is
currently installing various *source* packages.

On 10 July 2017 at 20:11, Leo Famulari <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 07:52:46PM +0100, Niall Dooley wrote:
>> I'm a user of Guix but not GuixSD. Some time ago I installed Guix following
>> the instructions in the manual and since then have installed a total of 16
>> packages. I'm raising this query to better understand why it takes so long 
>> for
>> me to install any one package.
>> Is this a consequence of my machine being old - it's a refurbished 
>> (Libreboot)
>> ThinkPad X60s running Trisquel 7 with 2.9 GiB memory with a 120 GB SSD?
>> Is it just simple a consequence of functional package management - as based
>> purely on my experience this will be a considerable deterrant to most users
>> despite the obvious advantages that come with functional package management
>> systems in general and Guix in particular?
>> Perhaps, it's user error (would be the first time) and there is a step
>> I missed that
>> would avoid these long package installation times?
> Could you give more detail?
> For example, what version of Guix are you using (guix --version)? What
> command did you run? How long did it take? What was it doing (compiling,
> downloading, seemingly nothing, etc)?

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