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Re: How to avoid downloading qtbase:debug

From: Csepp
Subject: Re: How to avoid downloading qtbase:debug
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2022 17:37:36 +0200

Maxim Cournoyer <> writes:

> Hi,
> Csepp <> writes:
>> kiasoc5 <> writes:
>>> Dear Guix,
>>> =guix shell qtbase= downloads the entire debug output of qtbase even
>>> though I didn't write down qtbase:debug. That's hundreds of megabytes
>>> of bandwith I didn't want to use. How do I avoid downloading the debug
>>> output? Is this a bug?
>> I think it should be considered a bug.  guix shell always downloads
>> every output of all the packages.
> Yes, that's annoying.  I think it has to do with grafts; when a package
> must be grafted, all its output must be available.  Grafts complicates
> many things, but unfortunately they are necessary to provide timely
> security updates.
> I don't see a bug anymore for that one, we should try to improve things
> here; feel free to report it to, perhaps with a title
> like "grafts cause all outputs to be downloaded".  Perhaps a solution
> would be making graft derivations substitutable (currently they happen
> on the local machine).

Could you write it?  It's clear you know much more about what's going on
under the hood.

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