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Re: bug#36611: Installation of a new guix system -- summaries of the iss
Re: bug#36611: Installation of a new guix system -- summaries of the issues
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 13:26:21 +0200
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Le 12 juillet 2019 11:29:49 GMT+02:00, Julien Lepiller <address@hidden> a écrit
>Le 12 juillet 2019 11:04:00 GMT+02:00, address@hidden a écrit :
>>(Cross-posting to help-guix as it may be more appropriate)
>>I now have two additional issues:
>>13. My profile disappeared once again and guix package does not work
>>anymore (it says "guix package: error: unsupported manifest format").
>>realize that my .guix-profile/etc/profile file has been emptied.
>>Maybe I had a problem during an upgrade, but aren't guix upgrades
>>supposed to be atomic?
>>14. Also, my X server hangs unless I force the BIOS to use the
>>"discrete card", which uses more power. My laptop uses an hyprid
>>intel/nvidia configuration, is this supported by guix?
>>De: "racin" <address@hidden>
>>À: "bug-guix" <address@hidden>
>>Envoyé: Vendredi 12 Juillet 2019 00:32:37
>>Objet: Installation of a new guix system -- summaries of the issues
>>I have just installed (successfully?) my first guix system!
>>As a newcomer (I know system administration quite well, but never used
>>guix before) I thought that I could share my experience (i.e. issues I
>>had ;)) installing Guix. Probably some of the issues are obvious once
>>you know Guix well, but they aren't when, like me, you don't. I hope
>>using this list for this post is not inappropriate.
>>I did not find any solution for some of the issues yet, so I would
>>also welcome help on those!
>>So, here is the list of issues I had.
>>1. An easy one: on a new computer, you now have to desactive this
>>secure boot thingy, else the live CD won't boot. As I understand it
>>the guix live CD is not "signed", which was the reason why it did not
>>boot (while other live CDs did). This may sound obvious, except for
>>people whose previous computer was still using the BIOS; so maybe it
>>would be worth writing this in the installation instructions?
>>2. I had a lot of trouble understanding how profile worked;
>>consequently I think I installed a lot of versions of different
>>packages, which took ages.
>>After a while, I understood that
>>- guix pull creates a new profile, but is not used by default: why?
>>Similarly, guix kept telling me that I should do
>># . "$GUIX_PROFILE/etc/profile"
>>So my question is: shouldn't the default .bashrc uses the newest
>>guix command from guix pull, and contain these lines above?
>>- sudo guix system reconfigure /etc/config.scm is very different from
>>sudo su; guix system reconfigure /etc/config.scm.
>>This is written explicitly in the documentation, so that was clear,
>>but I fell into the trap.
>>- guix system reconfigure /etc/config.scm (without sudo) fails at a
>>very late stage. Maybe this command should issue a warning when not
>>run with root rights?
>>3. At one time it seems that my entire user profile disappeared (maybe
>>I shut down my laptop at a wrong time). I had to reinstall every
>>package I had installed with guix package -i.
>>4. I followed the initial exemple configuration of "A graphical system
>>with a choice of lightweight window managers", but it did not contain
>>any terminal emulator.
>>5. I installed Icecat but I am missing some fonts: some websites do
>>not display properly (e.g. numbers do not show up), even if I untick
>>"do not load custom fonts" (unticking this improves things a bit). So
>>I believe some more font package should be installed with icecat.
>>6. I had issues with gdm and lightdm, so I installed the xinit package
>>to start X sessions manually. But it seems that startx/xinit looks for
>>a X server in the same path than the xinit binary, which won't work on
>>7. nm-applet fails with this warning Failed to add/activate
>>(1) Not authorized to control networking.
>>I have to do sudo nm-applet to have it working (but it works well,
>>8. Is there an equivalent to apt-file, e.g. a way to know in which
>>packages a file would be located? This would be very useful, for
>>instance I had trouble finding where the latex executable is
>>located, or ghc complaining about finding linux/errno.h when I
>>wanted to install xmonad. The problem is even more important for
>>guix, as in other systems the dependencies eventually show up in
>>your profile (e.g. installing texlive-latex-beamer would install
>>the latex binary), whereas in guix you have to explicitely install
>>the right package in Guix.
>>9. nm-applet cannot find the right icon sets, so it uses a "forbidden
>>sign" icon everywhere (which is a bit scary). The error I get is
>>failed to load icon "nm-stage03-connecting11": Icon
>>'nm-stage03-connecting11' not present in theme Adwaita
>>so I guess some icon are missing; I tried to install
>>gnome-icon-theme with no luck.
>>10. My latest problem happened when I tried to install slim (but the
>>problem remains when I switch back to gdm or tried to use a previous
>>system configuration, which surprised me). Now when I boot, I have a
>>"gdm" user that was created and which attemps to log 505 times, which
>>freezes my computer for 2 minutes (I I try to use it at the same
>>times, it hangs). My work-around is to switch to the console and wait
>>that all these unsuccessful connection stops, but this is not
>>11. Before I found this work-around I tried to fix the problem by
>>booting + chrooting from another OS, a solution I have often used to
>>fix my OS but could not do on guix... Which scares me a bit because I
>>fill that I have no easy way to fix my OS if it was broken. Is there
>>an easy way to do that in guix?
>>12. I also remember that the installer said something like "I will
>>erase the whole disk and you would loose all your data", while I used
>>the manual partitionning scheme and asked to format only one
>>partition, and this was a bit scary.
>>Wow, that was a long list. Obviously I did not write about everything
>>that went well during the installation, so thanks for your hard work!
>>By posting this, I just hope that it will help new users to have less
>>problems to solve in the future!
>>PS: here is my config.scm file
>>;; This is an operating system configuration generated
>>;; by the graphical installer.
>>(use-service-modules desktop networking ssh xorg)
>>(use-modules (nongnu packages linux))
>>(use-modules (srfi srfi-1)) ; for remove
>>(keyboard-layout "us" "altgr-intl"))
>>(firmware (cons* iwlwifi-firmware %base-firmware))
>>(device (uuid "90D1-BAAF" 'fat32))
>>(users (cons* (user-account
>>'("wheel" "netdev" "audio" "video")))
>>(list (specification->package "xmonad")
>>(specification->package "tlsdate") ; for initial time adjustment
>>(list (service openssh-service-type)
>>(service slim-service-type (slim-configuration
>>(remove (lambda (service)
>>(eq? (service-kind service) gdm-service-type))
>Before you change anything, can you post your .guix-profile/manifest
>file? Maybe it will help us understand what's going on on your side.
>You're actually the second user we hear that from, but we thought they
>might have tried to install things in parallel. It could explain some
>of your symptoms too, but not the manifest issue.
>Whenever guix started acting crazy for me, it was because of a disk
>failure or corruption. You should probably try to run fsck on your root
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