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Re: GC hints

From: Pierre Neidhardt
Subject: Re: GC hints
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:31:10 +0100
User-agent: mu4e 1.0; emacs 26.1

> I agree that this would be more accurate, but isn’t there also a risk
> with making hints too long?  I’m split between the idea of providing
> concise hints that can be pasted and get things done, and the idea or
> not trying to be a substitute for the manual.

A middle ground between long contextual messages and the manual would be to
print out a link to the manual! :)

> Actually, I was also wondering whether we should provide a configurable
> mechanism that would, by default, automatically delete old GC roots and
> maybe even run the GC automatically when needed—similar to what Git
> does.

But can Guix delete GC roots automatically at all?  What if the user wants to
keep those old profiles?

Pierre Neidhardt

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