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* Using --search-paths with multiple profiles
@ 2020-08-03 23:26 hot12shots
  2020-08-04 17:01 ` Dmitry Alexandrov
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 3+ messages in thread
From: hot12shots @ 2020-08-03 23:26 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: help-guix

Hi Guix,

The Guix Cookbook chapter "Guix Profiles in Practice" [1] advises
that, when one activates a profile generated from a manifest,
environment variables like MANPATH won't be set automatically unless
the packages that will consume them (in this case man-db) was also
included in the manifest.

There seems to be a Guix command tailor-made for solving this problem:
`guix package --search-paths`. I am wondering if it would make sense
to recommend that as the default way to ensure MANPATH, etc. are set
correctly. I have had success replacing the cookbook's recommended
boilerplate in my .profile with:

  eval \
    $(eval guix package --search-paths=prefix \
                        -p /run/current-system/profile \
                        $(for p in $(guix package --list-profiles); do
                            echo -n " -p '$p'"
                          done) \
                        $(for p in $GUIX_EXTRA_PROFILES/*; do
                            echo -n " -p '$p/$(basename "$p")'"
                          done))

which on my system means:

    guix package --search-paths=prefix \
                 -p /run/current-system/profile  \
                 -p ~/.config/guix/current       \
                 -p ~/.guix-profile              \
                 -p $GUIX_EXTRA_PROFILES/abc/abc \
                 -p $GUIX_EXTRA_PROFILES/xyz/zyz
                 # etc.

This properly sets the manpath etc., as the consuming packages (man-db
and friends) are present in the included "built-in" profiles (first 3
`-p` arguments listed above). The only caveat I'm aware of is that the
multiple `guix` invocations aren't instantaneous, so one might not
want to use this if sourcing their .profile from .bashrc or
equivalent, as it would add some init time to every shell invocation.

Is this a safe solution? Is there ever a reason to explicitly source
the `etc/profile` file of a profile as the cookbook currently
recommends, rather than getting at its contents via `--search-paths`?
Put another way, could a profile's `etc/profile` ever include setup
code that `--search-paths` would miss?

Thanks,
Jacob

[1]: https://guix.gnu.org/cookbook/en/html_node/Guix-Profiles-in-Practice.html


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* Re: Using --search-paths with multiple profiles
  2020-08-03 23:26 Using --search-paths with multiple profiles hot12shots
@ 2020-08-04 17:01 ` Dmitry Alexandrov
  2020-08-05 21:13   ` hot12shots
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 3+ messages in thread
From: Dmitry Alexandrov @ 2020-08-04 17:01 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: hot12shots; +Cc: help-guix

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hot12shots <hot12shots@gmail.com> wrote:
>     guix package --search-paths=prefix \
>                  -p /run/current-system/profile  \
>                  -p ~/.config/guix/current       \
>                  -p ~/.guix-profile              \
>                  -p $GUIX_EXTRA_PROFILES/abc/abc \
>                  -p $GUIX_EXTRA_PROFILES/xyz/zyz
>                  # etc.
>
> This properly sets the manpath etc., as the consuming packages (man-db and friends) are present in the included "built-in" profiles (first 3 `-p` arguments listed above).

Ha!  Nice trick, thanks.  Alas, it wonʼt help much on top of foreign distribution, where they often are not.

> The only caveat I'm aware of is that the multiple `guix` invocations aren't instantaneous, so one might not want to use this if sourcing their .profile from .bashrc or equivalent, as it would add some init time to every shell invocation.

But one should never source profiles from ~/.bashrc in any case!  They are supposed to sourced by login shell only.  In other words, there is ~/.profile (or ~/.bash_profile) for that.

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* Re: Using --search-paths with multiple profiles
  2020-08-04 17:01 ` Dmitry Alexandrov
@ 2020-08-05 21:13   ` hot12shots
  0 siblings, 0 replies; 3+ messages in thread
From: hot12shots @ 2020-08-05 21:13 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Dmitry Alexandrov; +Cc: help-guix

On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 5:01 PM Dmitry Alexandrov <dag@gnui.org> wrote:

> Alas, it wonʼt help much on top of foreign distribution, where they often are not.

True, good point!

On Guix native systems I've discovered another problem as well: the
PATH assignment output by `--search-paths=prefix`  can mask
/run/setuid-programs by prepending other path items in front of them,
so PATH has to be fixed manually after applying this change to ensure
sudo etc. don't break.

> > The only caveat I'm aware of is that the multiple `guix` invocations aren't instantaneous, so one might not want to use this if sourcing their .profile from .bashrc or equivalent, as it would add some init time to every shell invocation.
>
> But one should never source profiles from ~/.bashrc in any case!  They are supposed to sourced by login shell only.  In other words, there is ~/.profile (or ~/.bash_profile) for that.

It's definitely a nonstandard usage, but I think some people do it.
More simply, though, one might want to have .bashrc just activate the
extra Guix profiles, without sourcing .profile. This would be a
workaround to avoid having to restart the login session in order to
get access to newly activated profiles in a shell environment.


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