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Re: GUIX_LOCPATH message over and over again

From: raingloom
Subject: Re: GUIX_LOCPATH message over and over again
Date: Sat, 23 May 2020 16:06:02 +0200

On Tue, 19 May 2020 11:46:51 -0400
Leo Famulari <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Tue, May 19, 2020 at 03:17:32PM +0000, Ekaitz Zarraga wrote:
> > I made a guix pull the other day and since then I'm getting the
> > classic:
> > 
> > ....
> > guile: warning: failed to install locale
> > hint: Consider installing the `glibc-utf8-locales' or
> > `glibc-locales' package and defining `GUIX_LOCPATH', along these
> > lines:
> > 
> >      guix package -i glibc-utf8-locales
> >      export GUIX_LOCPATH="$HOME/.guix-profile/lib/locale"
> > 
> > See the "Application Setup" section in the manual, for mo...
> > ....
> > 
> > 
> > But what it says doesn't solve anything. The error persists.
> > What am I missing?
> > IIRC it went away in previous time just doing what the error
> > message says.  
> The locales are not compatible between versions of glibc, and you
> probably pulled a big update that updated glibc. So now, you are using
> the new version, and the guix-daemon is still using the old version.
> The locales need to be updated for people who are using Guix (that's
> you) and for the guix-daemon, which runs as a different user
> (typically as root).
> Check the manual section on locales for Guix System, specifically the
> part about compatibility:

This should probably be clarified better in the docs, because I
installed Guix on top of Ubuntu recently and even though I've set it up
correctly once on Arch, it was rather confusing to me why I was getting
that message.
I think the frequency with which people ask about it is enough proof
that the docs don't cover properly all the issues that beginners face.

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