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Re: xlockmore man pages

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: xlockmore man pages
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2020 22:44:08 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.1 (gnu/linux)


André Alexandre Gomes <> skribis:

> First of all, thank you, I'm a happy user :)

Thanks for the kind words.  :-)

> I noticed that xlockmore exists in my /gnu/store, since it's part of
> %desktop-services.  When I look at all packages installed in the system
> (M-x guix-installed-system-packages), it's not there.  I think this is
> the reason why I can't access the man pages of xlockmore without
> installing it on my user profile.

Xlockmore is installed as a setuid program, you can see it under
/run/setuid-programs.  Consequently, it does not show up in the “system
profile”, /run/current-system/profile, which is why M-x
guix-installed-system-packages does not show it.

> I had a similar experience with xorg-server---again not listed in
> the system packages.

This is a similar story: Xorg is available on your machine for use by
the Xorg service, but it’s not available in the system profile.

> My questions:
> - is this is "bug or a feature"?

Feature? :-)  Namely, not all the packages “in use” by various parts of
the system need to be in a profile.

> - are there other more "comfortable" ways to access the man pages of
> such packages?

You can always do things like:

  guix environment --ad-hoc man-db xorg-server -- man Xorg



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