<davexunit>since the downloads happen in a container, and if the download fails then that "derivation" has failed and must be started over. would be best to find a way to integrate an external proxy.
<davexunit>things are atomic in guix, either they succeed or fail, there's no "resume this broken thing that I tweaked and should work now"
<davexunit>I know other people have asked about proxy support and since I don't work on that part of the codebase I don't know what work has been done on it.
<atgnag>Could I probably download download packages onto an external thumbdrive on a faster computer, and then install from there?
<davexunit>yes, you could import binaries via the 'guix archive --import' tool if you had another machine that runs guix to fetch everything first.
<davexunit>it's important to note that you are not downloading packages, but build artifacts.
<davexunit>you already have the package recipes in the form of source code.
<atgnag>Is there somewhere that it's outlined how to do this?
<davexunit>I don't know what you're network setup is like, but if you can reliably download the binaries on one machine and then move that machine to the same LAN as the slow machine, you could use 'guix publish'.
<davexunit>atgnag: I don't think we have much on this. this is a very uncommon thing.
<davexunit>well I guess the real solution is to have guix talk to a proxy server that can do whatever bandwidth saving, download resuming things that you need to do.
<davexunit>and for help with that I would write to the guix-devel mailing list
<atgnag>Here's what it's like. I generate a list of urls to download on my local machine, and then I ssh into a different machine to create a tarball. I then upload that tarball to google drive, or anyplace else, and then download it from my work computer. I then install on the local machine.
<benben962>I included the two lines preceding the error messages
<davexunit>benben962: did the directory you were installing to already have files in it?
<benben962>I don't think so : I used gparted to delete the former partition then I added a new partition. Then I mounted it and found out /etc was already there when I wanted to copy config.scm... Isn't it normal ?