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bug#35417: Tor Service

From: Tobias Geerinckx-Rice
Subject: bug#35417: Tor Service
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 20:53:50 +0200


Raghav Gururajan wrote:
Including "tor-service-type" does not invoke and add "tor" package into
the system.

To use the ‘tor’ command, like any other package, you must install the ‘tor’ package into either the system profile (using SYSTEM-PACKAGES) or that of your user (using ‘guix package’).

I'd recommend SYSTEM-PACKAGES in this case so the tor commands will always match the version of Tor used by the service.

This is by design; services can't pollute the environment of users, including the system profile. That's a good thing.

Therefore, "tor-service-type" is of little or no use, if it does not
invoke and add "tor" package into the system.

That's just not true. The tor service does its job and works just fine without the ‘tor’ command. I just checked both of my Tor nodes (both run Guix :-) and neither of them have ‘tor’ installed into any profile. Nyx and herd (and emacs torrc) are all I need to administrate them.

I'm closing this because there's no bug here…

Kind regards,


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