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[bug#50873] [PATCH 0/5] Fixes to ‘guix home import’

From: Andrew Tropin
Subject: [bug#50873] [PATCH 0/5] Fixes to ‘guix home import’
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2021 09:31:37 +0300

On 2021-10-31 18:38, Xinglu Chen wrote:

> Hi,
> On Sun, Oct 31 2021, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
>> Hi!
>> Xinglu Chen <> skribis:
>>>   guix home: import: Make the user to specify a destination directory.
>>>   guix home: import: Allow multiple modules to be imported for each
>>>     service.
>>>   guix home: import: Fix module name for Bash service.
>>>   guix home: import: Don’t use 'slurp-file-gexp'.
>>>   guix home: import: Delete duplicate modules when importing.
>>>   doc: Document the ‘guix home import’ subcommand.
>>>   Add tests for ‘guix home import’.
>>>   guix home: import: Call ‘local-file’ with ‘name’ argument.
>> That’s a nice improvement.  In the interest of moving forward, I applied
>> the whole series and followed up with a few changes:
>>   c4ac8cf4f6 doc: Mention 'guix home reconfigure' upfront.
>>   971a69d8e3 doc: Avoid misuse of @ref.
>>   7711a6c3f4 doc: Mention "guix home import" upfront.
>>   6f4ca78761 home: import: Avoid duplication of 'manifest->code'.
>>   96728c54df home: import: Factorize triplicated 'version-spec' procedure.
>>   f3933ae40d home: import: Clarify "destination directory".
>>   341fba217f home: import: Compare procedures with 'eq?'.
>> Part of it is about removing duplicated code, in particular
>> ‘manifest->code’.  It’s important to factorize non-trivial code like
>> this.
>> The last commits improve documentation so users learn about ‘guix home
>> import’ when they get started.
> Thanks for taking care of this!
>> It’s really nice to have this tool!  I find it perhaps a bit confusing
>> to have to specify a target directory to ‘guix home import’; simply
>> trying to document it shows that it’s non-obvious.
>> I wonder if the argument should be optional (in which case the files
>> wouldn’t be copied).  But then people are likely to run into the
>> problems this addresses.
> Yeah, that could be a bit confusing for people.
>> Or perhaps it would be more consistent to have:
>>   guix home import ~/foo
>> create ~/foo/config.scm, instead of printing it to stdout?

It's a good idea.  home.scm or home-config.scm can be another option to
make it clearer that it's not a system config. 

>> The documentation would be clearer: “populate ~/foo with all the
>> configuration files of your home environment.”  Thoughts?
> I originally made it to print to stdout because that’s what the ‘guix
> import’ commands do, but it could make sense to just populate a file
> directly.  I don’t really have a strong opinion on this, so if nobody
> has any objections, I could send a patch for this.  :-)

Best regards,
Andrew Tropin

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