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Re: Questions about guix handling emacs packages

From: Fredrik Salomonsson
Subject: Re: Questions about guix handling emacs packages
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 13:12:47 -0700

Den mån 25 maj 2020 kl 07:58 skrev zimoun <address@hidden>:
> Dear,

> Thank you for your feedback.

No problem.

> How do you load your profile? "guix package --search-paths" or '.
> "$GUIX_PROFILE/etc/profile"'?

> In my ~/.bash_profile, there is '. "$GUIX_PROFILE/etc/profile"' and I
> do not have any issue on a foreign distro.

I'm using the one installed when I ran the installer shell script i.e
the one ending up here: /etc/profile.d/

Which is doing:
`[ -f "$GUIX_PROFILE/etc/profile" ] && . "$GUIX_PROFILE/etc/profile"`

But this was just me being stupid. It works perfectly, I had just forgot
to reboot/relogin _after_ I installed emacs.

> Please could list which packages do you use which ae not (yet) packaged
in Guix?
> And you could give a try with "guix import elpa -r".  It should work
> with MELPA too.

Updated to the latest guix to make sure nothing has been added since I
ran this. Currently using commit:

Packages I'm missing are:

And looks like all of them are trivial to package up using "guix import
elpa". Thanks for pointing that out. I'll give that a shot as it seems
like a good way to go through the process of contributing packages to

> Please could you report which packages do not work properly for you?

- emacs-lua-mode:

Getting this error:
Error (use-package): lua-mode/:catch: Unknown rx form ‘symbol’

Looks like this package is just outdated when I look at the version:

emacs melpa lua-mode = 20200508.1316
emacs-lua-mode = 20191204-1.1f596a9

- emacs-org-super-agenda:

First I missed this was packaged up in guix. But now when I try and
build it, one of its dependencies `emacs-ts` fails to build. One of the
tests are failing. I've attached the log

- emacs-magit:

This is just a minor thing. But the highlight/diff in the magit buffer
is more of a tight fit, which looks ugly. Where as if I use magit from
melpa the highlight/diff is a straight block. I've attached a screenshot
on how this looks. Left is emacs-magit, right is melpa magit.

- emacs-ledger-mode:

Does not work with flymake.

Looks like most of the packages that does not work for me are just
outdated. Exception being emacs-org-super-agenda.

> My personal experience about mixing Emacs packages from Guix and from
> package.el is really poor; it always breaks on one way or another.
> Therefore, I switched to all Emacs packages from Guix.

Yeah, that seems to be the best approach. And given how straight forward
it seems to be using "guix import elpa" to generate a package
definition. Then I don't see the need of mixing, as I can just either
use a local build of guix or a channel if I need something in a pinch.

Thanks for the help!

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