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Re: Permanently available environments

From: Konrad Hinsen
Subject: Re: Permanently available environments
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2022 19:04:07 +0100

Konrad Hinsen <> writes:

> 1. Containers can only be generated using "guix shell" or the older
>    "guix environment". There is no way to generate a container based
>    on a profile. Correct me if I am wrong!

Thanks to Ricardo and Guillaume, who pointed out the –profile option to
"guix shell", which does exactly what I need. I missed it because it is
not mentioned in the manual. I just submitted a patch.

> 4. In practice, I often work with a bad or non-existing network
>    connection, so I must be sure to have all my packages in the store.
>    And if I use "time-machine", I must also keep the required Guix
>    version locally available. But there is no option for that in
>    "time-machine". The Guix versions it downloads are garbage-collected
>    after a while. So I can find myself in the situation of having all
>    the packages for my environment in the store, but unable to access
>    it without a network connection, because "time-machine" first needs
>    to fetch an old Guix version again.

Thanks to Vagrant for pointing out that "guix pull" has a –profile
option as well (which I wasn't aware of). This can indeed serve as a
workaround, although it looks a bit clumsy.


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