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Re: How to build GNUTLS Guile bindings on Xubuntu

From: Zelphir Kaltstahl
Subject: Re: How to build GNUTLS Guile bindings on Xubuntu
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:41:11 +0100
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Hi Mark,

I took another look at the page you linked to. The issue is, that I
would like to try Guix package manager to install GNUTLS + Guile
bindings, but Guix itself has the requirement of GNUTLS + Guile
bindings. See:

So I guess I would need to somehow get GNUTLS and Guile bindings working
before getting Guix and then when I have Guix, I can probably somehow
link to the Guix installed GNUTLS and Guile bindings.

Now I don't know where I would get the Guile bindings from. Are they
included in the releases on ?



On 15.11.18 08:28, Mark H Weaver wrote:
> Hi Zelphir,
> Zelphir Kaltstahl <address@hidden> writes:
>> I read in the docs at
>> that
>> Guile will dynamically make use of GNUTLS for HTTPS requests. However, I
>> don't seem to have the bindings installed. There is a link to a guide on
>> the same docs page, but the link is dead:
>> . More searching showed me the following:
>> There seems to have been some bug which prevented some tests on Debian
>> from completing:
>> Bug discussions seem to indicate the bug was fixed?:
>> Then there is a commit removing Guile bindings from the gnutls-dev
>> package on Debian:
> If you look closely, those two bugs were "fixed" by the above commit,
> i.e. by simply disabling the Guile bindings in Debian's GnuTLS package.
>> Apart from that, I could not find a download link or repository of the
>> bindings, like I could for other libraries I so far used in Guile and
>> run configure make make install in it. So I do not know how to get the
>> bindings for my system, so that my Guile will be able to make requests
>> using HTTPS as well as HTTP.
> The bindings in question are not a separate package.  They are built and
> installed by GnuTLS itself, unless explicitly disabled by passing
> "--disable-guile" to the GnuTLS configure script, as Debian now does.
>> The bindings seem to be available on GUIX:
> Note that the repository above is not the official Guix repository, but
> rather someone's personal variant.  Here's the same commit in the
> official Guix repository:
>> How can I make it work on a Xubuntu 18.04?
> Yes, an easy solution would be to install Guix on top of Xubuntu, and
> installing the 'guile' and 'gnutls' packages from Guix.  Note that the
> binaries from Guix are self-contained and independent of the host
> system, in the sense that they are installed in different directories
> (within /gnu/store) and don't use any libraries from the host system,
> not even the C library.  Guix installs only in /gnu, /var/guix,
> /var/log/guix, /etc/guix, ~/.config/guix, and ~/.guix-profile.  You must
> set your environment variables to point within ~/.guix-profile, e.g. add
> ~/.guix-profile/bin to your PATH, to enable the use of software from
> Guix.  If you'd like to try it, the instructions are here:
>       Mark

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