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Re: Question about package environment variables

From: Matthew Jordan
Subject: Re: Question about package environment variables
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:23:31 -0400
User-agent: mu4e 0.9.13; emacs 24.5.1

Hi David Thompson,

Thanks for your response, guess I'll have to use envstore or or create
file I can source into my current shell session.

I was just curious if there was a way to accomplish that from guix.
And thanks for the example link.


Matthew Jordan
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Thompson, David writes:

> 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

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