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Re: installing a package not from GNU

From: Gottfried
Subject: Re: installing a package not from GNU
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 17:09:39 +0000


 "We could do this together if you want."

For me it's like to learn Chinese. I don't know where to start and where to finish. Almost everything is strange to me, if I look at the github repository.
So I am wondering that You are asking me for building it together.
The question would also be how long would it take, because I would have to learn programming. You would have to do almost all and I would need a lot of explanation, and I don't know if you have time for it.


Am 23.02.22 um 23:36 schrieb Ricardo Wurmus:

Hi Gottfried,

I wanted to install a package "gtkhash" which I could not find in GNU
How can I install it?
After downloading it and trying to install it, it said: unknown package

guix install gtkhash-1.4
guix install: Fehler: gtkhash-1.4: Unbekanntes Paket

Guix only knows of packages for which there is a package definition.
There is no package definition for gtkhash.

Guix unfortunately cannot just take any tarball and build it.

The good news is that writing a package definition (and optionally
adding it to Guix) can be straight forward.  This is the build system

There we see that it needs a bunch of things (like nettle, blake2, zlib,
mbedtls, openssl, etc) for which we should have packages.  Packaging it
may be a little tricky because of the many dependencies, but it looks
doable.  We could do this together if you want.

Another thing I felt the need to clarify: Guix has thousands of packages
that are not GNU packages.  I think you meant that there is no package
definition for gtkhash in gnu/packages/*.scm, which is correct.

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