New guile2 package

Jan Synacek jsynacek at
Fri Oct 5 08:04:37 UTC 2012

Hello all,

since porting apps to guile2 has been pretty painful so far, I decided to take
another try.

My take so far has been to create a new package called guile2. This will allow
for the new packages that depend on guile2 to be built, while the old stuff
won't be broken because guile1.8 will still be around.

What would be the preffered way to proceed? I think the best way is to leave one
version (likely guile2?) as the default and rename the binaries and some other
conflicting files in the old package.

I can also rename the original guile to something like guile1.8 and update the
original content with guile2 stuff, but IMO that is pretty cumbersome.

Some problems I've encountered:

* Multiple info files. I suggest keeping only those in the new package and
remove them from the old one.

* Both packages contain guile.m4. This is the only problem I'm not sure how to
solve yet. Both packages also contain guile-config that can be called by one of
the autotools macros. I guess that renaming that file in both packages and
symlinking it from the default package would be ok in theory, but that still
doesn't solve the problem with the m4 files. Any thoughts?

Anyway, you can find the packages here [1]. They should be installable and
runnable in parallel with guile. These are not meant to be final in any way,
just to demonstrate that it would be quite possible to have both of them in the

Thoughts and feedback appreciated.



Jan Synacek
Software Engineer, BaseOS team Brno, Red Hat

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