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Re: new version of paps (printing package for emacs)

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Subject: Re: new version of paps (printing package for emacs)
Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2023 11:35:51 +0000

On Sun Jan 8, 2023 at 11:02 AM GMT, Gottfried wrote:
> How can I update it myself?

Clone the source code:

  git clone
  cd guix

Create a new branch to make your changes in:

  git branch wip-update-paps

Now you can either use a git "worktree" (a new directory for your branch) or 
the current
directory to edit the branch:

  git checkout wip-update-paps # to use the current directory
  git worktree add wip-update-paps # i prefer to use a new directory

If you choose to use a worktree, make sure to cd there:

  cd wip-update-paps

Build the source code, to make sure everything's working alright:

  ./configure --localstatedir=/var
  make -j$(nproc) # using multiple jobs makes the build process *much* faster

Now figure out where the package is:

  guix show paps
  # ---8<---
  # location: gnu/packages/pdf.scm:1459:2
  # ---8<---

Open up that file:

  (define-public paps
      (name "paps")
      (version "0.7.1")
         (method url-fetch)
         (uri (string-append "";
                             version "/paps-" version ".tar.gz"))
          (base32 "1z1w1fg2bvb8p92n1jlpqp3n9mq42szb2mqhh4xqmmnmfcdkpi9s"))))
      (build-system gnu-build-system)
       (list pango))
       (list intltool pkg-config))
      (home-page "";)
      (synopsis "Pango to PostScript converter")
       "Paps reads a UTF-8 encoded file and generates a PostScript language
rendering of the file through the Pango Cairo back end.")
      (license license:lgpl2.0+)))

Change the ``version'' number to the latest version:

      (version "(***VERSION***)")

Now, Guix verifies downloaded code using a hash to check whether it's been
corrupted or tampered with, so we need to change that too.  To get the new
hash, use ``guix download'':

  guix download***VERSION***)/paps-(***VERSION***).tar.gz

This will print out a string that looks a bit like what's currently in the
(sha256 (base32 "...")).  Replace that string with the one from ``guix 
to update the hash.

Now, rebuild:

  make -j$(nproc)

We can use ``./pre-inst-env'' to test out our changes:

  ./pre-inst-env guix build paps

It'll probably fail with the error you got before, so try adding the needed
autotools dependencies to native-inputs:

   (list autoconf automake intltool libtool m4 pkg-config))

If that doesn't work, try adding gnu-gettext, too:

   (list autoconf automake gnu-gettext intltool libtool m4 pkg-config))

Now build and test again:

  make -j$(nproc)
  ./pre-inst-env guix build paps

If it works, you can send it as a patch to the Guix mailing list.  Follow the
instructions on <>'s first two pages to set up Git's
email features, but *don't do anything else from there*.

Now you need to commit your change:

  git commit

Your commit message should look something like this:

  gnu: paps: Update to (***VERSION***).

  * gnu/packages/pdf.scm (paps): Update to (***VERSION***).

This is the typical GNU commit message format, called ChangeLog.

Now use ``git send-email'' to send the patch to guix-patches (see
for more information):

  git send-email -1 --base=master

A patch email should appear on the Guix mailing list, ready to be applied
by the maintainers :)

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