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Re: Package Install Question for New User

From: Thorsten Wilms
Subject: Re: Package Install Question for New User
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2018 18:36:25 +0100
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On 05/11/2018 17.33, Brian Woodcox wrote:
I then trying to install a package from the terminal.  How about
icecat.  So I issue the command to install that.

All of a sudden the system is downloading and compiling a pile of
packages that were already installed as root.

There is a single system-wide store for derivations at /gnu/store. The derivations are installed packages plus dependencies and removed packages that haven't been garbage-collected, yet.

If a package is already in the store, installing it for a specific user should only require symlinks to be added, as far as I understand. Unless a dependency is missing.

For example, I have "gimp" in my profile, pointing to an item in the store:

~: which gimp
~: ls -l /home/thorwil/.guix-profile/bin/gimp
lrwxrwxrwx 2 root root 64 Jan 1 1970 /home/thorwil/.guix-profile/bin/gimp -> /gnu/store/wzp4ci2myckcg9qjqgm84rzv23snyz4d-gimp-2.10.6/bin/gimp

Thus it seems you misinterpreted some output (or there is a bug).

The results of guix working through the entire dependency chain for build, installation and runtime of a package can be rather surprising.

Thorsten Wilms

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