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Re: rolling back only a single package

From: Björn Höfling
Subject: Re: rolling back only a single package
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2018 14:34:10 +0100

Hi cdelia,

On Thu, 27 Dec 2018 16:52:23 -0300
address@hidden wrote:

> Hi,
> I upgraded guix a couple of days ago, installed some things and now I 
> found that xmobar just keeps segfaulting.
> Switching to specific generation it's really cool, but in this case 
> would "uninstall" all the software that it's between the 
> update-generation and the current one.
> So, there is any way to just downgrade a single package (resolving it 
> dependencies) with out doing a full switch?
> I guess this it's connected to 
> And I could also switch and then manually re install. But maybe there
> is a standard or automatic way to do it.

There is a nice blog post by Ludivic that describes some aspects of it:

It looks like the inferior thing he mentioned is already ready, but I
haven't yet followed that.

Ludo, can you say something about that?

Doing it the way described in the post I can downgrade (in my case I use
youtube-dl as the package I want to downgrade, as this is in my

The trick is to work with the generations of "guix pull".

$ guix package --list-generations
Generation 122  Dec 15 2018 16:36:58
 + youtube-dl   2018.11.07      out     /gnu/store/20wr2z2qnm36mwcdmmzpsvr9f4899
 - youtube-dl   2018.09.18      out     /gnu/store/h7xdi93gag6r9agp5ivppignh4q0k

$ guix pull --list-generations
Generation 28   Nov 07 2018 20:38:34
  guix 91b71cf
    repository URL:
    branch: master
    commit: 91b71cfbba03ea484cc6028b3384bf4609cbcf14
Generation 29   Nov 13 2018 18:38:56
  guix d540137
    repository URL:
    branch: master
    commit: d5401375099f6e4562b849121265bb1c3e85874f
  65 packages upgraded: address@hidden, address@hidden,
    address@hidden, address@hidden

You see here, I did update my "guix-pull" generation on 13 November
that introduced the new youtube-dl version but did update my "guix
package" profile only on 15 December.

Now I need to use the guix from from generation 28, if I want do
downgrade my youtube-dl:

$ /var/guix/profiles/per-user/bjoern/current-guix-28-link/bin/guix
guix (GNU Guix) 91b71cfbba03ea484cc6028b3384bf4609cbcf14

OK, this is really the right version, compared to the above generations
of "guix pull".

Then let's downgrade:

$ /var/guix/profiles/per-user/bjoern/current-guix-28-link/bin/guix
package -i youtube-dl
The following package will be downgraded:
   youtube-dl   2018.11.07 -> 2018.11.03        

Check it out:
$ guix package --list-generations
Generation 125  Dec 28 2018 14:02:08    (current)
 + youtube-dl   2018.11.03      out     /gnu/store/vw375z5hm4vha0pvfxmadh6qcglac
 - youtube-dl   2018.11.07      out     /gnu/store/20wr2z2qnm36mwcdmmzpsvr9f4899

~$ youtube-dl --version

OK, I'm rolling back, as I don't want to downgrade:

$ guix package --roll-back
switched from generation 125 to 124

$ youtube-dl --version

Is that what you are looking for?


PS: Can you help fixing the problem with xmobar?

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