Tyreunom's System Configuration
This repository contains the tools and configurations of my Guix systems. Guix provides a complete solution for declarative system configuration while allowing the full power of a programming language. A system configuration is nothing less than a complete guile program!
In addition to the declarative nature of Guix configurations, Guix itself provides a robust system, with reproducibility, statelessness and an emphasis on user freedom, thanks to its functional package management technique.
Understanding the Content of this Repository
Although the repo might be used for inspiration, it's not meant to be generic in any way: it's only my configuration.
modules directory contains guile modules that are used by multiple
systems. They are loaded in the guile PATH along with guix modules during
the call to the
guix system command that generates the system.
keys directories contain data files that are meant to be
copied directly to the store, thanks to
systems directory contain the actual configurations, one file per
system, named after the host-name of the system.
How to Configure a System
Assuming you cloned this repository in
/root/system-configurations, you can
reconfigure your system with this command:
guix system reconfigure -L /root/system-configurations/modules \ /root/system-configurations/systems/<system>.scm
Guix doesn't provide a nice way to configure user services (yet), so
homes directory contains configuration and configuraton files, as
well as manifests for users.
This is mostly useful for my desktop computers.
I found a way to manage the home directory with guix, but it's not as nice as it could be. The home directory is transformed into a guix profile, and to do that, a package is created that contains all my user configuration.
First, create a separate directory that will contain all your data that
can be written to:
mkdir -p /data/tyreunom in my case. Then, create
a new profile, that will only contain one package:
cd homes guix package -p /var/guix/profiles/per-user/tyreunom/home -L ../modules \ -f sybil-home.scm
My home directory is now read-only which a lot of software doesn't like. The package contains some tweaks to have some writable directories, but not everything will work. It's still a work in progress!
As an example of something that will not work properly, pulseaudio will
simply refuse to run if your home directory is read-only. To work around
this, I start pulseaudio from my window manager's autostart file, with
a separate HOME variable set to a directory in
A nice aspect of this however, is that we can now create more modules to
support more software. These modules can be generic enough to be
useful to anyone with a simple configuration, just like services are
useful for system administrators. Home related modules can be found
(home), that is in
What do your System Names Reference?
My systems are named after AI systems / personalities in anime and books I've seen and read.
- Hermes (エルメス) is Kino's motorrad in Kino's Journey. It's not explicitely said that it's an AI, but come on, a talking bike?
- Xana (X.A.N.A.) is the rogue AI in Code Lyoko. OK, this is not exactly an anime, but I enjoyed watching it as a kid :).
- Ene (エネ) is a former human who gained the ability to live in digital devices, in Mekakucity Actors. Since she lives in the main protagonist's computer in the anime, I think it's a fitting name for my home server.
- Lobsang is the name of an AI in the Long Earth. He claims to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan motorcycle repairman. You won't find a system configuration because it's a laptop that's running Haiku, not a Guix system.
- Tachikoma is the name of a kind of a military tank equipped with AI in Ghost in the Shell.
- Amadeus is the name of an AI system in Steins Gate 0.