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Re: guile-dbi from guix not working

From: Arun Isaac
Subject: Re: guile-dbi from guix not working
Date: Sun, 29 May 2022 13:27:23 +0530

Hi Zelphir,

> Should guile-dbd-sqlite3 not be a dependency of guile-dbi then? But on
> the other hand, what if one only wanted to interact with one database
> type and not the other? So maybe not a must have dependency
> then. Hm. What is the typical Guix solution for this kind of
> "specialization" of a library? I think in the Python world, in
> requirements files it would be something like `library[specialization]
> == version`, to install that variant.

You can think of guile-dbd-* as plugins for guile-dbi. So, you install
guile-dbi along with whatever plugins you want for guile-dbi. It's no
different from installing emacs and installing emacs packages of
interest. I don't think we need a special Guix feature for this.

But, guile-dbi should be fixed to produce a proper error message that a
required plugin is missing. It should not produce misleading error
messages like "file not found". If you're up for it, you can try
reporting this to guile-dbi upstream.


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