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Re: Maybe I made a mistake?

From: oury . dustin
Subject: Re: Maybe I made a mistake?
Date: Sun, 09 Jun 2019 23:38:20 +0200
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I'm aware that binaries packaged for Debian and derivatives like Ubuntu don't work. However, not being a coder or good with reading or writing scheme code, I'm having to work around a few of these issues.

Regarding documentation, I feel as if the manual expects a certain familiarity with writing scheme code, and there isn't a lot of documentation for diagnosing little problems like there is with Debian and Ubuntu. I guess that comes down to how widespread those distros are in the GNU/Linux community.

On 08.06.2019 10:12, Julien Lepiller wrote:
Le 8 juin 2019 09:18:39 GMT+02:00, Ricardo Wurmus <address@hidden> a écrit :


Some simple
packaged software that work on those distros  like Debian don't work
with Guix System […]

Do you mean binaries that were packaged for Debian won’t work unchanged
on Guix System?  This is expected as Guix does not provide libraries
the loader at the location where a Debian binary would expect them.

You would need to package the software for Guix to use it there.

Packaging software is not as hard as you think it is, but if you lack
the time to learn, you can still add your sohtware to that list:

It's not guaranteed that someone will work on it, as we are all volunteers.

and I also find the documentation to be really hard
for the non-tech savvy like me to understand. I'm confused when I
should mess with my configuration file or when to do things manually,
like adding a supplementary group for my primary account.

All of this should be done via the configuration file as the system is
mostly stateless, i.e. when you reboot your system is essentially set
from scratch using the files that were generated when you last ran
system reconfigure”.

I really want to like Guix, but for now I might have to switch to
something easier until the documentation gets fleshed out and more
packages that aren't in yet are added to avoid frustration.

Can you point to specific problems you have with the documentation?


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