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Re: Config files without corresponding program

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Config files without corresponding program
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 14:04:58 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.1 (gnu/linux)

Hi mikadoZero,

mikadoZero <address@hidden> skribis:

> 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?

That’s fine, you can delete them or modify them at will.  There are
meant mostly to help people get started.  For instance, figuring out the
right line in ~/.gdbinit to have GDB find debugging symbols would take
some reading, while here you’ll just have it work out of the box.


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