[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: Question about package environment variables

From: Thompson, David
Subject: Re: Question about package environment variables
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 14:33:31 -0400

On Wed, May 18, 2016 at 2:24 PM, Matthew Jordan
<address@hidden> wrote:
> Good Day everyone,
> I would like to know is it possible to set any environment variable to
> any value from guix package.  The usecase I am thinking of is for a
> project. Let's say you had a guix package file to automate and document
> project dependencies.
> Let's say I wanted to declare a variable in project package file so that
> "eval `guix environment --search-paths ...`" would set up the
> environment with the needed variables plus the ones I wanted.
> Example environment variable;
> export MSG='Hello world!'

See the 'native-search-paths' field of package objects.  From
environment variables that aren't search paths, like the above $MSG,
those have nothing to do with packages so they wouldn't need to use
anything from Guix at all.

Also, why the use of 'eval' here?  Just 'guix environment my-package'
would spawn a shell (or any program you wanted) with access to the
package's dependencies.

I use this all the time in my personal projects, where I keep a
'guix.scm' file in the root of the source tree that I can make
environment's from like so:

    guix environment -l guix.scm

Additionally, I can also build and/or install development snapshots:

    guix build -f guix.scm
    guix package -f guix.scm

Here's a full example:

Hope this helps!

- Dave

reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]