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<davexunit>I am sooooo close to having guix working
<davexunit>it's installed, but i get thrown into the guile debugger on boot
<cantstanya>is “guix” just the package management system, or will it also be the name of a gnu/linux distribution with it and dmd?
<davexunit>cantstanya: the distro is named simply "GNU", or "The GNU system"
<davexunit>cantstanya: make sense?
<cantstanya>yeah, thanks davexunit
<mark_weaver>davexunit: with my X60, the initrd seems to be lacking the drivers necessary to access the hard disk.
<mark_weaver>dunno if you're facing a similar problem.
<davexunit>mark_weaver: sounds like it.
<davexunit>another step closer to a working system, at least.
<mark_weaver>I'm about to try the following added to my operating-system defn: (initrd (cut base-initrd <> #:extra-modules '("ahci.ko" "libahci.ko")))
<davexunit>oh, cool. I wouldn't have thought to do that.
<davexunit>glad to have the same hardware as you do.
<mark_weaver>davexunit: does your machine have coreboot or libreboot? how do you boot from USB?
<davexunit>libreboot I believe.
<davexunit>I boot from USB by pressing "c" at the grub prompt and entering 2 commands:
<davexunit>set root=(usb0,msdos1)
<davexunit>configfile /boot/grub/grub.cfg
<mark_weaver>davexunit: thanks!
<davexunit>I do a similar thing to boot from the hard disk
<davexunit>I don't yet know how to edit the grub that libreboot uses to have the right options in the menu
<mark_weaver>davexunit: that grub configuration for libreboot is baked into the firmware
<davexunit>ohhh. so I can't change it without reflashing, then.
<mark_weaver>davexunit: there are instructions on the libreboot web site telling how to change it
<mark_weaver>davexunit: however, at least on mine, the last menu item is "Scan for GRUB configurations on the internal HDD"
<mark_weaver>which automatically does the right thing for hard disk partitions anyway.
<davexunit>in my haste I could have glanced over that
<davexunit>I would like to make that option the default, I wonder if that requires reflashing, too
<mark_weaver>yes, it does
<davexunit>alright, I will talk to the fsf sysadmin and interns about it. they've been doing a bunch of libreboot stuff lately.
<davexunit>so they can probably hook me up with what I need.
<mark_weaver>there's a #libreboot channel here in freenode
<davexunit>yeah one of the devs hangs out in #fsfsys and helps us out from time to time
<davexunit>I just want to talk to the sysadmins first because they know exactly how they configured and built this rom.
<davexunit>I'm going to bed now. between troubleshooting guix issues and the problems that happened an hour or so ago, I'm exhausted.
<mark_weaver>davexunit: okay, thanks for all your work on this. good night!
<davexunit>night. thanks as always for your help and guidance.
<mark_weaver>looks like it might be important to list libahci.ko before ahci.ko
<svetlana>I tried to run guix in a tty on the host OS. It is an advantage: now I, with gdm, can select text there using mouse. However, I still can't scroll the output qemu and guix provide. On whose end is that problem?
<DusXMT>when doing guix system reconfigure, it works as expected with --no-grub, but without, I get a vague error that "failed to install GRUB on device '/dev/sda'", and increasing the verbosity level does nothing to it. Does guix keep any logs I could check about this?
<DusXMT>Temporary workaround: copy the generated grub.cfg from /gnu/store to /boot/grub
<davexunit>yay, the x60 runs guix!
<davexunit>now, guix system reconfigure is being weird, but I can probably figure that out
<DusXMT>davexunit: What's it doing?
<davexunit>I imported (gnu system linux-initrd) but it tells me that base-initrd is undefined, weird.
<DusXMT>davexunit: The ability to add kernel modules to the initrd is quite new, it's probably not in the guix that ships with guix
<davexunit>ohhh you're right
<mark_weaver>davexunit: I remember some doc telling me to write 'base-init', but now I can't remember where it was.
<mark_weaver>probably ahci should be included in the core kernel
<davexunit>I agree.
<mark_weaver>davexunit: did you have any luck getting wireless to work, btw?
<davexunit>mark_weaver: haven't tried. I just got it to boot and I've been doing other work since.
<mark_weaver>I added the wpa_supplicant and isc-dhcp packages, but something went wrong with the wireless authentication.
<davexunit>ah, that's unfortunate.
<DusXMT>yeah, I'm experiencing something similar
<DusXMT>and my wireless card works with linux-libre
<davexunit>mark_weaver: I had to transpose the modules given in the #:extra-modules list otherwise I got an error that functions like achi_init_controller couldn't be found.
<mark_weaver>when I ran wpa_supplicant with -d, I saw a "file not found" error message during an attempt to set the key.
<mark_weaver>davexunit: yep, I went through the same thing...
<DusXMT>mark_weaver: exactly the same error
<davexunit>okay, making sure it wasn't just me.
<mark_weaver>the same wpa_supplicant package works on my other machine (which is not pure guix).
<mark_weaver>I wonder if it's trying to call out to wireless-tools. I have that installed on the machine that works, but not on the machine that doesn't.
<davexunit>oh, give that a shot. if it works, would that mean we just have to add wireless-tools as a propagated input?
<mark_weaver>no time to try it now though. I'm going to be otherwise engaged for the next 24 hours or so.
<mark_weaver>davexunit: if wpa-supplicant does try to run executables from wireless-tools, then it should probably use the absolute pathname in /gnu/store/* to run them, in which case it wouldn't have to be a propagated input.
<davexunit>ah, that's right. that would be better.
<davexunit>perhaps I'll check that out later today.
<mark_weaver>davexunit: the first thing to try would simply be to add wireless-tools to the base system, and see if that helps. that might not be the problem at all....
<davexunit>yeah, I'll check if I do it.
<davexunit>build failed: builder does not have permission to /gnu/store
<mark_weaver>yeah, I ran into the same problem. chmod 1775 /gnu/store
<DusXMT>also chgroup 30000 /gnu/store
<davexunit>yeah, just did that. I wonder how to make the installation procedure get that right
<mark_weaver>DusXMT: for me, that part had already been done.
<davexunit>I'm guessing ludo didn't run into this on his machine.
<DusXMT>I've noticed that there's no xinit in the repository. I wrote a dirty little script to start it: (warning: very dirty, probably insecure, and requires root)
<davexunit>DusXMT: oh, cool. have you tried using the slim service? that is what's used on the demo-os.scm vm image
<DusXMT>No, but I probably should...