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Re: older and newer Versions of IceCat and icedove

From: Martin Castillo
Subject: Re: older and newer Versions of IceCat and icedove
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2022 17:51:42 +0100
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:91.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/91.6.1


Am 25.02.22 um 19:49 schrieb Gottfried:
My answer is under your email:

Am 25.02.22 um 16:40 schrieb Martin Castillo:

Am 25.02.22 um 15:06 schrieb Gottfried:

Sorry, I don't know any further.

Try executing /gnu/store/hchyj7faw7f98njsja27i89v3jk7bbqm-icecat-91.6.0-guix0-preview1/lib/icecat/icecat --version and see what it reports. If it says 91.5, I cannot imagine, what causes this.


Today I did a guix pull, guix -u and sudo guix system reconfigure etc/config.scm

If I open icecat in the graphical way through an icon it gives me the version 91.5

I'll repeat what I said earlier:
I use xfce4-panel, and when I added a firefox starter, it automatically saved the absolute path to the binary. In guix, this means it will always point to that one version.

This means, you need to change the path saved inside the icon.
I don't know whether you use a starter in xfce4-panel or another way, but try rightclicking it and see, if you find a menu where you can set a commandpath. Then set it to /home/gfp/.guix-profile/bin/icecat. It is currently probably set to /gnu/store/hchyj7faw7f98njsja27i89v3jk7bbqm-icecat-91.6.0-guix0-preview1/lib/icecat/icecat

This usability problem stems from the way guix works. One would need to touch these gui softwares to make them automatically run the version of the current guix profile.

Icedove starting in the graphical way through an icon it gave me the version 91.5, starting it from the menu and from the terminal it asked me to set up an email address and the following message: (today I downloaded 91.6, so it should open that one, but it didn’t)

With the channel and manifest from below I ran
$ guix time-machine -C -- package -m g.manifest
$ guix package -I
icedove 91.6.1 out /gnu/store/nmlxvxl2640r74fg9mlacmavpwg2n7xa-icedove-91.6.1
$ icedove --version
 Thunderbird 91.6.1

The installed version is correct. It's just the gui that launches an older version. You can fix that the way I described above.


;; Diese Kanaldatei k<C3><B6>nnen Sie bei 'guix pull -C' oder
;; 'guix time-machine -C' angeben, um die Guix-Version zu bekommen, mit
;; der der Inhalt dieses Profils erzeugt wurde.

;; Anmerkung: Manche der Pakete in diesem Profil wurden mit diesen anderen Commits installiert:
     ;;   "33ce3f1c866231a3015411fdce18a3e72649e2f6"
     ;;   "32ccbc3a1ebf62d90f618ababb206df57f7e767b"
     ;;   "dd823172d86f82dedf8b0a7eb65925db4b164d26"
       (name 'guix)
       (url "";)
       (branch "master")
;        "33ce3f1c866231a3015411fdce18a3e72649e2f6") ; for hchyj*-icecat-*
         "ed8d236eb938bc123a9ca8a079fea95edf7df6cd") ;for nml*-icedove-*
             "BBB0 2DDF 2CEA F6A8 0D1D  E643 A2A0 6DF2 A33A 54FA")))))

;; Diese "Manifest"-Datei kann an 'guix package -m' <C3><BC>bergeben werden,
;; um den Inhalt Ihres Profils nachzubilden. Sie ist "symbolisch",
;; gibt also nur die Namen der Pakete an. Um genau das gleiche Profil
;; herauszubekommen, m<C3><BC>ssen Sie auch die verwendeten Kan<C3><A4>le
;; nachbilden, wie "guix describe" sie anzeigt. Siehe den Abschnitt
;; "Guix nachbilden" im Handbuch.


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