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Re: install --with-version?

From: pelzflorian (Florian Pelz)
Subject: Re: install --with-version?
Date: Sat, 4 May 2019 20:18:53 +0200
User-agent: NeoMutt/20180716

On Thu, May 02, 2019 at 06:56:18PM -0600, ison wrote:
> There is a --with-source option. So you could actually specify the download 
> location to the 2.10 version

I use --with-commit instead of --with-source because biber is defined
using a git-reference like

(define-public biber
    (name "biber")
    (version "2.12")
    (source (origin
              (method git-fetch)
              (uri (git-reference
                    (url "";)
                    (commit (string-append "v" version))))
              (file-name (git-file-name name version))

address@hidden ~$ guix build --with-commit=biber=v2.10 biber
updating checkout of ''...
guix build: error: cannot fetch commit v2.10 from unable to parse OID - contains invalid characters

I looked up the commit ID on GitHub.

address@hidden ~$ guix build 
--with-commit=biber=e00ee55ced863d3c2938fe03c2da2d629842b7f1 biber
updating checkout of ''...
retrieved commit e00ee55ced863d3c2938fe03c2da2d629842b7f1
substitute: updating substitutes from ''... 100.0%

This fails to build because tests fail, but looking at
`guix build -n …` I believe it is basically the right command.  Thank

> Also have you tried building it by specifying "address@hidden" instead of 
> just "biber"?

address@hidden ~$ guix environment --ad-hoc address@hidden 
guix environment: error: biber: package not found for version 2.10

I believe all packages where the @2.10 notation works have multiple
package definitions, one for each version.

Thank you.  --with-commit helps, but it is ugly.  I had hoped there
were better options.  I will file a wishlist bug for
--with-commit=v2.10 and for --with-version=2.10.  (As for biber, I
gave up installing it because tests fail.)


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