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Re: Report on environment variable issues

From: Maxim Cournoyer
Subject: Re: Report on environment variable issues
Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2019 10:32:06 +0900
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.2 (gnu/linux)

Hello Tirifto,

Tirifto <address@hidden> writes:

> Hello!
> I am running Guix on Parabola GNU+Linux-libre (a libre derivative of
> Arch Linux), and have had issues with environment variables in two
> instances. I'm not asking for help, but I'm not sure if this is
> appropriate for the bug list, either, so here we go.
> Firstly, when running GNOME Shell (native on Parabola), I tried
> integrating it with Guix, so that applications installed with Guix
> would be visible to GNOME Shell. I tried doing this by extending the
> environment variable ‘$XDG_DATA_DIRS’, which is empty by default,
> but that made GNOME Shell crash on login.

In my experience, attempting to have both Guix programs and native
programs share components or even environment variables is fraught with
danger.  I would suggest trying to use as much as Guix as possible on
your Parabola system to avoid problems.  In other words, try to run the
Gnome Shell binary from Guix, and install youtube-dl from Guix.


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