GNU Guix backend for PackageKit / Gnome-Software

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  • Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli
  • Kẏra
  • Ludovic Courtès
  • Parnikkapore
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Kẏra wrote on 31 Mar 2014 12:56
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This will make GNU Guix much more accessible to a wider audience.
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Ludovic Courtès wrote on 31 Mar 2014 15:23
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Kẏra <> skribis:

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> I also filed against PackageKit here:
> and gnome-software here:

This is a good idea, but looking at
it seems that PackageKit is not well suited for non-root install systems
and per-user profiles, for instance.

Ludovic Courtès wrote on 7 Apr 2014 13:49
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Ludovic Courtès wrote on 12 Jun 2016 06:31
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Kẏra <> skribis:

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> I also filed against PackageKit here:

FWIW, a Nix back-end has just been merged:

I think a Guix back-end may be simpler, notably because Guix has a
notion of package whereas all Nix sees is derivations, which are

The Guix back-end, as I imagine, could essentially embed Guile into
PackageKit and have most of the code written in Scheme. That way it
could trivially use all the support code we have in (guix profiles),
(guix packages), and (gnu packages).

Any takers? :-)

Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli wrote on 8 Dec 2022 09:55
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How does it work when Nix is installed on top of another distribution?
Is there something to handle that in packagekit?

Or with distributions like Ubuntu that also use snap, it is is handled
transparently somehow? Or do users have to choose which package manager
to use?

I wonder that because I'd be interested in somehow supporting the
package manager of a foreign distribution (Parabola) to have an unified
configuration that can work also when guix / guix home is used on top
of another distribution[1].

[1] There are various advantages of using the distribution package
manager instead of guix home in that case, like having the packages
installed system wide for instance, or having the packages take
less space.

Parnikkapore wrote on 29 Dec 2022 02:22
GNU Guix backend for PackageKit / Gnome-Software
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(I hope it's OK to bump! 🙂️)

I'm using KDE Neon. In Plasma Discover (which is a PackageKit
frontend), packages from both apt and Flatpak are shown, and you can
pick which way you want to install the package. You can also set a

If a package isn't available on one package manager, that package
manager simply doesn't show up on the list, and pressing "Install" will
simply use another package manager that does have the package.

Flatpak is actually listed twice - once for installing system-wide and
once for installing for the current user only. Only the latter does not
require the equivalent of sudo-ing. So that should point towards a way
to get PackageKit to do non-root installs.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find a way to get pkcon to behave in a
similar way - it's mostly just an apt frontend here.
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