<oitofelix>mark_weaver: Yeah, I consider that optional. Are you the only one working on this? (Are you actually working on this?)
<mark_weaver>oitofelix: well, I got the MIPS port up and running, but at this point I've lost a lot of motivation for working on it, since Lemote is no longer producing machines that can run with 100% free software, it's not clear whether they will make another one that does, and now there's the X60 and the Novena on the horizon.
<mark_weaver>also, no one else seems to be willing to work on it with me.
<mark_weaver>I can certainly contribute a recipe for a kernel that works on the YeeLoong 8101B.
<mark_weaver>but I'm not sure I'll bother getting qemu and X working.
<mark_weaver>zacts: yay! who knows, maybe tadni was right about the /dev/zero thing, although I can't imagine why that would have helped...
<zacts>let me install it, and then I may have lsh questions for you mark_weaver
<oitofelix>mark_weaver: Well, I'm getting a Lemote and it will be useful to me virtually for lifetime. I'm willing to work with you, if you are still interested. (If you are not, I'd have to start working alone, and that's much less fun ;-))
<mark_weaver>one thing that really impressed me about the Guix USB installer, btw: although it doesn't come with wpa_supplicant, I was able to install wpa_supplicant within the installer, and then switch to wireless before completing the install.
<mark_weaver>oitofelix: on the YeeLoong, I used CLFS (Cross [GNU/]Linux From Scratch) to bootstrap my own N32-based system from scratch.
<mark_weaver>(although I made a number of modifications along the way)
<mark_weaver>but that was in 2011. the software I built was quite old. I finally refreshed it using Guix. at this point, I think the only thing I'm still running from the original system is the X server.
<mark_weaver>the X server required some patches for the YeeLoong that aren't suitable for upstream as-is.
<tadni_>Yeah, I'm going to just leave guix pull going... but I think I'm going to have to restart and try again tomorrow. :^P
<mark_weaver>tadni_: if you plan to contribute to guix, then a better strategy is to avoid 'guix pull', and instead install the software you need to download the guix git repo and build that from source code.
<tadni_>Yeah, I plan on it. That being said -- since I just got my secondary laptop back (lent to a fried for almost a week, when his died), I nuked GNU and now reinstalling it. And of course 0.7 really ships 0.6 so ... :^P
<mark_weaver>tadni_: well, the 'guix' that's installed by the USB installer is 0.7. however, if you do "guix package -i guix", then you get 0.6, that's true.
<mark_weaver>but there's really no reason to do that. guix 0.7 is already there.
<mark_weaver>I agree that it's a problem, but one that's easy to avoid.
<tadni_>Hm, that's odd. Why does it list only 0.6 packages then?
<oitofelix>mark_weaver: I had my time of (GNU/)Linux from scratch. I built my own version in early 2012 and used it until mid 2013. Good time. A lot of work. Only then I could really understand the value of a distribution. :-)
<mark_weaver>but the other packages are the versions that are from guix 0.7
<mark_weaver>oitofelix: indeed, I spent stupid amounts of time on it :)
<oitofelix>mark_weaver: hahahaha me too. Zillions of packages building every day for several months until it get stable for me. :-P
<mark_weaver>especially on the yeeloong, which is a very slow machine. it took literally weeks to compile everything.
<oitofelix>mark_weaver: Yeah. But I'm used to slow machines. The best machine I ever had is this Intel Atom netbook. The past month I used almost exclusively a Jornada 728 whose GNU/Linux port I was working on (for myself). It's 12 years old: 64 Mb of RAM, StrongARM 1110 (206 Mhz).
<mark_weaver>tadni_: I just used "guix package -i" to install all the packages I needed to download the guix git repo and build it from source code. then I ran "./pre-inst-env guix system reconfigure MYCONFIG.scm" to upgrade to the latest guix.
<jxself>You can search by any of those columns I assume?
<jxself>Might also be nice if it had a feature similiar to http://packages.trisquel.info/ where you can do a "packages that contain files named like this" for cases where you know what you want, but not exactly what pacakge it's in.
<taylanub>Is Guile really "especially for extensions" anymore?..
<taylanub>(not to say it isn't very good for extensions, rather it can do some other things just as well!)
<akamch>has anyone experienced "ERROR: Unbound variable: mkdir-p" during guix system reconfigure?