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Re: How to get started in guile & programming generally

From: Joshua Branson
Subject: Re: How to get started in guile & programming generally
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2018 10:44:31 -0400
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<address@hidden> writes:

> On Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 11:42:51PM +0200, Arne Babenhauserheide wrote:
>> Joshua Branson <address@hidden> writes:
>> > It gets really interesting when you start telling these processes to
>> > transform the underlying data.  They currently have a translator that
>> > translates an xml file into a directory tree.  Imagine searching an html
>> > file with the "find" tool.  Wouldn't that be something different?
>> Or imagine installing a packages from remote servers with shell globbing:
>> pkg --install /*/*.deb
>> Last time I used the Hurd, some variant of this actually worked.
> Like this (note: my comments interspersed, prefixed with ###)
>   ### note the option '-s' -- I don't want to clobber my box!
>   address@hidden:~$ apt-get -s install '*php*'

I didn't know that debian support installing all "php" packages like that!

> What's my point?
>   - Debian has some headstart: it's absolutely worth learning
>     from them

What things can guix do like debian does?

>   - Perhaps other distros also know how to play this trick
>   - Selecting packages by name via some string matching may have
>     ummm... strange consequences ;-D
> Don't get me wrong: I do think Guix goes into the absolutely right
> direction, as opposed to the current cloudy container craze.
> Cheers
> -- tomás

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