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#+TITLE: GNU Guix: (Interactive) manifests
#+DATE: <2020-05-16 Sat>
* What's a manifest and where can I get one?
GNU Guix has, besides all the other cool features, a (you guessed it) cool
feature that allows users to specify what packages they want to have installed
in a given profile by using Scheme code. And since Scheme is not just a weird
configuration format, but a complete programming language, you can do whatever
you want with it.
The file you're feeding into Guix must contain a "manifest". It's just scheme
code that will evaluate to a manifest. What's a manifest? A list of packages in
Guix's own special format (not just a list of strings).
How would you create a manifest?
* How to make it even cooler
What's so great about configuring you system with code is that you can *do*
stuff in your code. It's not just a static declaration.
Let's say you have multiple machines, each of which you use for a different
purpose. On one of them, the "office box", you need LibreOffice and GNU Cash. On
another one, the "writing desk", you need Emacs, Org mode and a LaTeX
distribution. And you also have a "code box" because you like programming, don't
Everything other than the specific software needed to provide the flavors to
each computer (office, writing, code) you'll want to have in common. You also
want to have an easy setup, so if you buy a new laptop instead of your current
"code box", you don't have to remember all the little programs you needed to
take sexy screenshots for r/unixporn.