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Loading Channels from a file

From: Phil Beadling
Subject: Loading Channels from a file
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 22:24:40 +0100


I have what I fear may be more of Guile question than a Guix question - but
the context is Guix, so here goes!

If I want to do the following - let's say I'm interested in playing around
with Guix programatically, as it existed on the 3rd October.  The following
works perfectly well and can be passed into "guix repl -- my-script.scm".

(define my-inferior
  (inferior-for-channels my-channels))

Obviously I need to provide a channel definition - to do this I cut and
paste my copy of the channels.scm from the 3rd October directly into a
variable my-channels in the same script and use as per above.

(define my-channels
  (list (channel ;; channel describing the snapshot of Guix itself
         (name 'guix)
         (url "";)
          "20bc9ecc204a610a0d5fa8b88c74421f57dbaf3b") ;; 03/10
            "BBB0 2DDF 2CEA F6A8 0D1D  E643 A2A0 6DF2 A33A 54FA"))))
         (name 'guix-science)
         (url "";)
          "b574aa67743cd4f138fd32efb7c116342f360625") ;; 03/10
            "CA4F 8CF4 37D7 478F DA05  5FD4 4213 7701 1A37 8446"))))))

So far no surprises.  I'd like to make this script a bit more generic so I
want to be able to pass in the channel.scm file as a command line
parameter.  So I've come up with this:

(define my-channels2 (call-with-input-file (option-ref options 'channel #f)

The "(option-ref options 'channel #f)" is just returning a command line
option --channel which is a string of the form "/path/to/my/channels.scm" -
this bit of the code I've tested to death (even replacing the a hardcoded
string to be sure) - it's not the problem.

If I (display my-channels2) it looks correct, but I notice that unlike
(display my-channels) it hasn't evaluated each channel into a channel

my-channels2 looks like this:
(list (channel (name (quote guix)) (url

But my-channels looks like this:
(#<<channel> name: guix url: "

It will probably come as no surprise that when I try to feed my-channels2
into inferior-for-channels, I'm getting a type mismatch:

In procedure struct-vtable: Wrong type argument in position 1 (expecting
struct): list

I'm clearly missing something trivial to get the channel definition loaded
from a file into a form the same as when it's hardcoded directly into my
Scheme script.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?


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