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Re: Config files without corresponding program

From: mikadoZero
Subject: Re: Config files without corresponding program
Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2019 20:13:37 -0400
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Tobias Geerinckx-Rice writes:

> mikadoZero wrote:
>> When I first installed Guix SD I followed the instructions in the
>> manual.  I modeled my system off of the example system configuration
>> template 'for a "bare bones" setup, with no X11 display server' from
>> "8.1 Using the Configuration System" of the manual.
>> In the home directories for both root and another user there where
>> configuration files that did not have a corresponding program
>> installed.
>> The configuration files in question were:
>> guile-wm - guile-wm
>> gdbinit - gdb
>> Xdefaults - xorg
>> zprofile - zsh
>> Is there a reason why does installing Guix SD leave these
>> configuration
>> files in the home directories?
> These files are created by DEFAULT-SKELETONS in (gnu system shadow) to
> make those programmes play well with Guix, because there's no way to
> tell when or if the user will use them.  So everything is fine.

What about the scenario where someone deletes these seemingly unneeded
configuration files because they are not using the program?  I have
done this and others might as well.  Normally there are no issues with
removing unused configuration files.  Would a user then run into
problems if they later install one of these programs having previously
deleted it's special Guix configuration file? 

If so then would having the installation of these configuration files
done by the package definitions of their respective programs instead of
DEFAULT-SKELETONS solve this potential user error? 

Installation of one of these program could serve as an indicator that
the user needs it's configuration files that make the program work with

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