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Re: guix build gives `/homeless-shelter' exists; please remove it

From: raingloom
Subject: Re: guix build gives `/homeless-shelter' exists; please remove it
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2022 05:50:45 +0100

On Fri, 21 Jan 2022 17:14:06 -0500
Leo Famulari <> wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 21, 2022 at 09:56:39PM +0000, Phil wrote:
> > I'm almost certain that option wasn't used - I know it, and it's
> > risky so wouldn't be inclined to run the daemon like that, but I
> > can't categorically rule out that I gave it a quick try.  I have
> > root access to the server so wouldn't need to use it.  
> Okay, since you know what it's about, I agree it's unlikely you used
> it.
> > I had previously played around with adding a single directory to the
> > chroot (--chroot-directory=dir) as a means of getting test XML
> > results out of builds of my own custom packages, but this was
> > months ago - apart from that I always use default settings for the
> > daemon.  
> Hm... I suppose this is a likely candidate for explaining what
> happened here.
> > It is likely to remain a mystery alas....  
> Agreed, the details will be hard to uncover. Hopefully it was a
> one-off mistake and not a bug in Guix...

Could it be a bug in package that stored the value of $HOME at build
time? Maybe it tried to mkdir -p its config directory and created
/homeless-shelter. You could perhaps try grepping for
"homeless-shelter" in your store or in that specific package.

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