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Creating environments using Guix package manager

From: Zelphir Kaltstahl
Subject: Creating environments using Guix package manager
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2020 14:28:16 +0200
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Hi Guix Users!

For some time now I would like to create Guix environments for separate

I've tried finding the way to do it at
but have been unable to read out of it, how to do it.

I would like environments that have the following:

+ persistent (something with the --root argument?)
+ activate-able / deactivate-able (something like Python's environments:
source env_name/bin/activate)
+ their own dependencies, not mixed with anything in my base guix profile
+ Not only temporary
+ one time install (do not want to reinstall all packages every time I
want to use the environment)
+ simply use the environment to run programs in the environment

Today I had a conflict of versions of packages, which brought up this
issue again for me:

building /gnu/store/yniz1rh5cih92i72flj1x2cmlwv1nngk-keepassxc-2.5.4.drv...
guix package: error: profile contains conflicting entries for gmp
guix package: error:   first entry: gmp@6.2.0 
guix package: error:    ... propagated from guile@3.0.2
guix package: error:   second entry: gmp@6.1.2 
guix package: error:    ... propagated from nettle@3.5.1
guix package: error:    ... propagated from gnutls@3.6.A
hint: Try upgrading both `guile' and `gnutls', or remove one of them from the 

So I cannot complete `guix package -u`. I guess some of those packages
in my base profile are not even needed for most things I do and would be
better contained in project-specific environments, so that they do not
cause conflicts.

Is it possible to create such kind of environments using Guix? I feel
like it should probably be an easy thing to do, once I know how to do
it, but I could not find a tutorial, which tells me how to do this.
Perhaps my idea about how Guix is used usually is wrong?


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