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# whynothugo-desktop

This pseudo-package contains all my desktop system configuration. I've taken a
declarative approach for this; this package depends on others that I want
installed, and includes files to be placed into the root filesystem in order to
achieve the configuration desired.

This includes not only configuration files, but also hooks that are installed
when installing or updating certain other packages.

This allows not only easily replicating my desktop setup, but also results in
much easier to understand history of changes.

## Hooks + Patches

Altering files outside of `$HOME` is highly problematic. If the file is owned
by a package, it will be overwritten on next update, at which point whatever
configuration had been done is lost forever.

Fortunately, a lot of software nowadays supports drop-in files: files that you
place in a defined directory, and are appended to the software's configuration.

For software that _doesn't_ support drop-ins and expects you to edit
package-supplied files, I include a pacman hook to apply the changes. The hook
runs on each updated, and will show a clear error if/when it fails for any

Note that this package **only** contain configuration files that need to be
installed as root. User-level settings are handled as simple dotfiles.

# Packages

While I often install and un-install packages via my package manager, many times
they're for a short time, or I'm testing something. When I want to commit
something and also make sure it's in all my systems, I list in as a dependency

A nice side effect of this, is that I can merely install this package onto a
new system to have it up and ready to go with all my applications.

It also allows keeping pacman's "List of explicitly packages" short, since
packages declared as dependencies of this on won't show up and clutter that
list. This changes how packages are visualised: other "explicitly installed"
packages are not part of the declared system and just transient installations.

# Bootloader

`systemd-boot` (formerly known as `gummyboot`) is used as a bootloader. It will
auto-discover the only bootloader entry (an EFI bundle) and boot straight into
that. The default timeout is 0s, so no UI is shown. Spamming the spacebar
during boot will show its UI.

# Secure Boot

See [this article][secureboot] for how SecureBoot is set up.

[secureboot]: https://hugo.barrera.io/journal/2021/06/11/a-simple-boot-setup-with-secureboot/

# Partitions

I have a small UEFI partition, an LUKS+ext4, and a LUKS+sway partition.
Systemd will prompt for the disk decryption partition, which will decrypt both

The rest of the OS is read from the main, encrypted partition.
This pseudo-package is deprecated. Is was a previous approach to handling all my desktop system configuration.

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