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[bug#43159] [PATCH 0/2] Make 'guix help' helpful

From: Efraim Flashner
Subject: [bug#43159] [PATCH 0/2] Make 'guix help' helpful
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2020 14:09:53 +0300

On Wed, Sep 02, 2020 at 11:50:17AM +0200, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
> Hi,
> Efraim Flashner <> skribis:
> > On Tue, Sep 01, 2020 at 10:35:20PM +0200, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
> >> Hey Guix!
> >> 
> >> Here’s another long-overdue change that was brought to my
> >> attention: making ‘guix help’ show a synopsis of each command.
> >> While at it, it also groups them in categories (I more or
> >> less followed the manual, but there’s prolly room for
> >> improvement, like a ‘packaging’ category maybe?):
> >> 
> >
> > I dislike the idea that some commands are only for developers and some
> > commands are "too advanced for the common user" (my words, not yours).
> Yeah, I’m ambivalent about this as well.
> > Before bikeshedding about where the options should be, how about:
> > commands for developers -> commands related to building
> Rather, “commands for development“, because that’s really what ‘guix
> environment’ is about, for instance, but saying ‘development’ rather
> than ‘developers’ is probably wise.
> > advanced usage -> commands related to verification
> Well that only works for ‘challenge’ (which I’d like to put in the hands
> of ‘normal’ users, so I’m not comfortable with the ‘advanced’ label, but
> OTOH, it’s clearly not one of the commands you’d begin with.)
> What about archive, copy, download, etc.?

It seemed loosely related. If you're running 'guix pull; guix upgrade'
you're not first running 'guix download https://path/to/source.tar.xz'
or copying packages between machines or challenging the reproducibility
of the packages. That's for after you have the packages you want in your
profile or environment.

> > This way they're still "commands for everybody" and they're more
> > descriptive than just "advanced" "expert" and "debug" style headers.
> Understood.
> Thanks for your feedback!
> Ludo’.

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