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Re: installing a package not from GNU

From: Ricardo Wurmus
Subject: Re: installing a package not from GNU
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2022 23:36:02 +0100
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Hi Gottfried,

> I wanted to install a package "gtkhash" which I could not find in GNU
> packages.
> How can I install it?
> After downloading it and trying to install it, it said: unknown package
> guix install gtkhash-1.4
> guix install: Fehler: gtkhash-1.4: Unbekanntes Paket

Guix only knows of packages for which there is a package definition.
There is no package definition for gtkhash.

Guix unfortunately cannot just take any tarball and build it.

The good news is that writing a package definition (and optionally
adding it to Guix) can be straight forward.  This is the build system

There we see that it needs a bunch of things (like nettle, blake2, zlib,
mbedtls, openssl, etc) for which we should have packages.  Packaging it
may be a little tricky because of the many dependencies, but it looks
doable.  We could do this together if you want.

Another thing I felt the need to clarify: Guix has thousands of packages
that are not GNU packages.  I think you meant that there is no package
definition for gtkhash in gnu/packages/*.scm, which is correct.


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