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bug#35417: closed (Re: Tor Service)

From: Tobias Geerinckx-Rice
Subject: bug#35417: closed (Re: Tor Service)
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2019 20:31:53 +0200


Raghav Gururajan wrote:

 ‘Doubt is an uncomfortable condition,
  but certainty is a ridiculous one.’
    — Voltaire, more or less

So the package "tor" actually used when using the service "tor-service-type". Then why the package "tor" isn't added to the system as it is not showing up in the system packages list?

‘…why should it be’? :-)

I think the confusion here stems from vague terms like ‘added to the system’. It sounds like you're still adjusting to Guix vs. traditional FHS distributions where everything is thrown into one big pile — which is completely understandable!

As you found out, all the Tor service really does is start the ‘tor’ binary. Hence, Tor is indeed installed to your store (/gnu/store/*-tor-*/bin/tor) and is invoked by the Shepherd when your system starts.

But that's completely unrelated to your system profile (which is what I think you mean by ‘system packages list’; the profile generated from the SYSTEM-PACKAGES field of your OPERATING-SYSTEM). To use Tor from the command line, simply add ‘tor’ to that field.

Unlike other distributions, Guix System doesn't make a package's binaries available to *all users* merely because a *service* depends on them. The two steps are (rightly) completely separate.

Does that help?

Kind regards,


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