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Re: Mysteries of channel configuration during system reconfigure

From: Julien Lepiller
Subject: Re: Mysteries of channel configuration during system reconfigure
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2023 07:46:08 +0100
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guix system describe lists channels used to build your system, but they can be 
different from the ones currently known to guix.

Does your /etc/channels.scm list the extra channels?

"guix describe" will be more accurate about what channels your current guix 
knows about.

If you type "type guix" and "which guix", they should agree it's 
~/.config/guix/current/bin/guix, not something else like ~/.guix-profile or 
~/.guix-home or even /run/current-system

If you reconfigure as the root user, you should pull as the root user. If you 
use sudo, which is recommended, make sure that the above works properly with 
sudo too.

Le 9 mars 2023 03:50:29 GMT+01:00, Kyle Andrews <> a écrit :
>Dear Guix,
>I am trying (and failing) to setup a new computer with Guix. I managed
>to get through the installation process with a configuration that boots
>into GNOME. However, the keyboard is messed up (I made a typo) and I
>don't yet have the desktop environment up and running I actually feel
>productive using. GNOME places too many extraneous demands on my
>attention. There is a lot going on and I find all the beeping
>unsettling. So I am typing this email on my old computer with Guix.
>One of the selling points in Guix marketing for me is that the system
>configuration should be self contained within /etc/config.scm and
>channels.scm. However, this appears to not be the case. There seems a
>third element hidden away which prevents me from running:
>guix system reconfigure /etc/config.scm
>This command errors out:
>failed to load '/etc/config.scm'
>no code for module ...
>At the moment since I am still very early in setting up my new computer,
>I have to type everything so I'm not going to go into more detail than
>that. Suffice to say it doesn't see the modules I need from the extra
>channel. It did see them during the installation otherwise my computer
>would be in a far less usable state than it is.
>When I run the following command:
>guix system describe
>The addition channel gets listed. How can it be listed yet be unknown to
>the `guix system reconfigure` command?
>During the installation of my new computer I used guix pull -C
>/etc/channels.scm. I was struggling with the official documentation, so
>this was kind of an improvisation. Could doing this nonstandard action
>have lead to this nonstandard state? Can it be fixed? 
>I tried running the commands with the root user and with prefixing
>sudo. Neither variat produces the desired result: a new configuration
>with the correct keymap and my next steps towards setting up my desktop
>Thanks in advance for your help!

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