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Re: Drafting a Guix blog post on the FHS container

From: John Kehayias
Subject: Re: Drafting a Guix blog post on the FHS container
Date: Wed, 04 Jan 2023 17:47:37 +0000

Hi Jim,

On Fri, Dec 16, 2022 at 05:39 PM, Jim Newsome wrote:

> Sorry for (presumably) breaking threading; I came across this online and
> don't see a way to set my in-reply-to-email header properly.
> Anyways just thought I'd mention that I recently learned about this
> feature, and was able to use it to get a downloaded [Tor Browser Bundle]
> running with:
> ```
> guix shell \
>    --container \
>    --network \
>    --emulate-fhs \
>    --preserve='^DISPLAY$'
>    --share=/run/user/$(id -u)/gdm \
>    openssl@1 \
>    libevent \
>    pciutils \
>    dbus-glib \
>    bash \
>    libgccjit \
>    libcxx \
>    gtk+ \
>    coreutils \
>    grep \
>    sed \
>    file \
>    alsa-lib \
>    -- \
>    ./start-tor-browser.desktop -v
> ```
> `--preserve='^DISPLAY$'` and `--share=/run/user/$(id -u)/gdm` are to get
> access to the display. I'm not sure the second parameter is universally
> correct; I reverse-engineered it via roughly `ps aux | grep -- -auth`.
> The `-v` parameter to the browser script keeps it from trying to
> background itself, which otherwise causes the container and browser to
> terminate.
> It'd ultimately be nice to package the Tor Browser Bundle properly for
> guix, but it's nice to be able to use it this way in the meantime.

Thanks again for this! I slightly modified it for the blog post, which you can 
see in draft form at <>. I used 'gcc:lib' 
instead of 'libgccjit' as it is smaller, and changed the needed display options 
to be like the previous ones I had. Yours didn't work for me since it looks 
like it relies on sharing something from GDM, which I don't use. But do let me 
know if my version doesn't work for you.

Also gave you credit for this example; if you prefer not to be mentioned by 
name/link to the mailing list for any reason, just let me know.

Oh, and we do have some (older) patches for building the Tor Browser from 
source, but I don't know if they currently work: 
<> Your example was great though, something 
very useful!


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