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Re: Running graphical install inside existing Guix System

From: Mathieu Othacehe
Subject: Re: Running graphical install inside existing Guix System
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 10:23:17 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.1 (gnu/linux)

Hello Ben,

> I realise there's lower-level tools like "guix system init" you could use if
> you were happy to partition and format the new drive manually, but it would be
> such a great user experience to leverage the existing graphical installer from
> withing Guix System.

The graphical installer relies on some services such as kmscon to change
the keyboard layout and connman to connect to the internet for
instance. If we were to add a "guix install" command, then we would need
to make sure that we run in the same environment as the one described in
"gnu/system/install.scm". I agree that it would be an interesting
feature for your use-case or to perform some quick tests on the

In the meantime, you can start a VM running the installer and using your
target drive but that wouldn't be a much better solution than rebooting
on a flash drive I guess.



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