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Re: SSH service for Guix Home

From: Xinglu Chen
Subject: Re: SSH service for Guix Home
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2021 08:42:07 +0100


Am Montag, der 20. Dezember 2021, um 13:40 +03, schrieb Andrew Tropin 

>>> Also, could you (or Xinglu, or Oleg) write a blog post for
>>>, targeting an audience who’s not familiar with this kind
>>> of tool, making it clear what the rationale is and what it can bring
>>> to “normal users”?  It would be really helpful to have that published
>>> within a couple of weeks or so, before the next release.
>> That sounds like a good idea, I would be happy to help!
> I will make a patch with skeleton of the post and will send it to you
> and mailing list for review and discussion.  I think it is the easiest
> way to cooperate on a blog post.

Cool, looking forward to it!

>>> Last, it’d be great to see the three of you (and more people!) back in
>>> action regarding Guix Home.  I understand that life sometimes gets in
>>> the way, but it seems that there’s been some confusion as to how to go
>>> forward—e.g., <>—which may partly
>>> explain why things stalled.  If there are patches waiting for review,
>>> also don’t hesitate to ping!
>> Yeah, apologies for not being very active in the last few months.
>> I think one of the problems is that there is not really any style guide
>> for now to write services (I do have a WIP patch in my local tree that
>> will document most of (gnu services configuration) though :-)).  We also
>> lack a way to properly test home services; we would need something
>> similar to what Nix Home-manager has[1][2].
>> [1]: Nix code for configuring a program
>> <>
>> [2]: Expected content of the serialized configuration
>> <>
> Yep, having a workflow for writing guix service's tests will be also
> cool.  I see a few files in test/services/, but it doesn't seem to have
> a well-established approach, just a few functional tests.

Most of the service tests seem to be in tests/, e.g., tests/ssh.scm.
But since they are tests for system service, they create a VM, which is
usually overkill for testing home services.

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