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Re: Guix home, guix system, channels, some noob questions

From: Daniel Meißner
Subject: Re: Guix home, guix system, channels, some noob questions
Date: Wed, 25 May 2022 15:34:58 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.1 (gnu/linux)

Hi Sébastien,

Sébastien Rey-Coyrehourcq writes:

> Thanks,  in fact when i see *guix home* that was my first intention
> (like home-manager in nix).
> The only things holding me back at the moment is two things :
> a) doom emacs flavour, how to manage the fact that doom use straigt.el
> to maintain packages

I am sorry, I am not using Doom Emacs, so I cannot be of any help in
this regard.  I manage my (relatively few) Emacs packages with Guix

> b) "password / secrets" management ?
> There are two things, file to directly encrypt (like ssh key) and
> password to hide into configuration file (templating)
> b.1) So, that need to encrypt/decrypt more or less "on-the-fly" the
> files using gpg/yubikey or age like yadm (
> ) or chezmoi
> ( do ?
> b.2) And for templating, like replacing ${mypassword} into some
> configuration file by getting info stored into password manager like
> "pass", i also don't know how to do that.
> Actually I have no idea how to do that with guile / guix home for b.1
> / b.2

Yes, that's indeed a problem and I haven't come up with a solution.  I
simply copy the respective files from machine to machine.  Maybe someone
else on this list has a better idea...

> c) synchronization of my .dotfiles between two different OS/System :
> Ubuntu (home) / Guix (work & home)
> Lot of people use Ubuntu in my work environment, so i need to maintain
> some sort of compatibility between both systems for my dotfile (before
> everyone use guix in 2030 ? :D).
> I suppose guix home work well with guix on top of ubuntu ?

Yes, I think so, I haven't tested it though.  You can, in principle,
adapt the generated dotfiles to the machines you're deploying them to.
You could, for example, use the hostname to distinguish them (untested):

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
 "setting = "
 #~(case (gethostname)
     (("hosta") => "foo")
     (("hostb") => "bar")
     (else => "foobar")))
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---



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