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#+TITLE: What's left to do?
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Copyright © 2012, 2013 Ludovic Courtès <>
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* integrate needed Nix code
** Remove dependency on OpenSSL
The ‘openssl’ command-line tool is used in libstore to sign store paths
to be exported, and to check such signatures. The signing keys are
usually in /etc/nix/signing-key.{pub,sec}. They are a PKCS#8-encoded
X.509 SubjectPublicKeyInfo. These can be decoded with the [[][C API of
GnuTLS]], but not yet with its Guile bindings. There’s also
‘gnutls_privkey_sign_data’ to sign, and related functions.
** Add `guix publish' to publish the store using Guile's web server
Generate narinfos and nars on the fly, upon HTTP GET requests.
Ideally, extend .nix-cache-info to include the server's public key, and also
reply to requests for .narinfo.sig.
Optionally, use Guile-Avahi to publish the service.
** MAYBE Add a substituter that uses the GNUnet DHT
Would be neat if binaries could be pushed to and pulled from the GNUnet
DHT. Guix users would sign their binaries, and define which binaries
they trust.
** Add a remote build hook
Like scripts/ in Nix.
* user interface
** Add a package.el (Emacs) back-end
package.el is quite monolithic, but we may be able to reuse/extend
‘package-menu-mode’ or at least ‘tabulated-list-mode’.
** add guile-ncurses interface
* extend <origin>
** add OpenPGP signatures:
(method http-fetch)
(uri "http://.../foo.tgz")
(signature-uri (string-append uri ".sig"))
(signer-openpgp-fingerprint "..."))
** allow <origin> to be a derivation/package or a file
* extend <package>
** add ‘recommends’ field
For instance, glibc, binutils, gcc, and ld-wrapper would recommend each other.
‘guix package -i’ could ask interactively (?), or allow users to follow all or
none of the recommendations.
** add a ‘user-environment-hook’
This should specify builder code to be run when building a user
environment with ‘guix-package’. For instance, Texinfo’s hook would
create a new ‘dir’.
** add ‘patches’ there
** extend ‘propagated-build-inputs’ with support for multiple outputs
#+BEGIN_SRC scheme
(outputs '("out" "include"))
`(((("i1" ,p1 "o1")
("i2" ,p2))
=> "include")
("i3" ,p3)))
* synchronize package descriptions with GSRC and/or the [[][FSD]]
Meta-data for GNU packages, including descriptions and synopses, can be
dumped from the FSD: .
We could periodically synchronize with that.
See for info
on how to synchronize with GSRC's descriptions.
* add a guildhall build system
The Guildhall is Guile’s packaging system. It should be easy to add a
‘guildhall-build-system’ that does the right thing based on guildhall
* build-expression->derivation: define `%system' in the builder
Would allow build expressions to have system-dependent code, like
* add ‘allowed-references’ in <package>
[[file:~/src/nix/src/libstore/"allowedReferences")%20!%3D%20drv.env.end())%20{][See how Nix implements that internally]].
* union
Support sophisticated collision handling when building a union: check
whether the colliding files are identical, honor per-package priorities,
Tests that need to download stuff or otherwise take a long time would only be
run when that is defined.
* add "guix challenge"
Would download a substitute, and compare its contents against a (hopefully
locally-built) copy.
* guix package
** add ‘--list-generations’, and ‘--delete-generations’
* guix build utils
** MAYBE Change ‘ld-wrapper’ to add RPATH for libs passed by file name
** MAYBE Add equivalent to chrpath that uses [[][guile-dlhacks]]
** MAYBE Add a hash-rewriting thing for deep dependency replacement without rebuild
See [[][Shea Levy's `replace-dependency' in Nixpkgs]].
* distro
** port to new GNU/Linux platforms, notably ‘mipsel64-linux’
** port to GNU/Hurd, aka. ‘i686-gnu’
Problems include that current glibc releases do not build on GNU/Hurd.
In addition, there haven’t been stable releases of GNU Mach, MiG, and
Hurd, which would be a pre-condition.
** make a bootable GNU/Linux-Libre distro, with OS configuration EDSL
Similar in spirit to /etc/nixos/configuration.nix.