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commit 71654dfdda4890d7a663a36a7fe754b53591aba6
Author: Ludovic Courtès <>
Date:   Mon Sep 19 13:31:06 2016 +0900

    services: Add 'simple-service'.
    * gnu/services.scm (simple-service): New procedure.
    * doc/guix.texi (Service Reference): Document it.
 doc/guix.texi    |   19 +++++++++++++++++++
 gnu/services.scm |    8 ++++++++
 2 files changed, 27 insertions(+)

diff --git a/doc/guix.texi b/doc/guix.texi
index 7a86a2f..808fbdc 100644
--- a/doc/guix.texi
+++ b/doc/guix.texi
@@ -11348,6 +11348,25 @@ the extension; it must return a valid value for the 
target service.
 Return true if @var{obj} is a service extension.
 @end deffn
+Occasionally, you might want to simply extend an existing service.  This
+involves creating a new service type and specifying the extension of
+interest, which can be verbose; the @code{simple-service} procedure
+provides a shorthand for this.
+@deffn {Scheme Procedure} simple-service @var{name} @var{target} @var{value}
+Return a service that extends @var{target} with @var{value}.  This works
+by creating a singleton service type @var{name}, of which the returned
+service is an instance.
+For example, this extends mcron (@pxref{Scheduled Job Execution}) with
+an additional job:
+(simple-service 'my-mcron-job mcron-service-type
+                #~(job '(next-hour (3)) "guix gc -F 2G"))
+@end example
+@end deffn
 At the core of the service abstraction lies the @code{fold-services}
 procedure, which is responsible for ``compiling'' a list of services
 down to a single directory that contains everything needed to boot and
diff --git a/gnu/services.scm b/gnu/services.scm
index 5479bfa..7e322c5 100644
--- a/gnu/services.scm
+++ b/gnu/services.scm
@@ -50,6 +50,7 @@
+            simple-service
@@ -141,6 +142,13 @@
   (type       service-kind)
   (parameters service-parameters))
+(define (simple-service name target value)
+  "Return a service that extends TARGET with VALUE.  This works by creating a
+singleton service type NAME, of which the returned service is an instance."
+  (let* ((extension (service-extension target identity))
+         (type      (service-type (name name)
+                                  (extensions (list extension)))))
+    (service type value)))
 (define-syntax %modify-service
   (syntax-rules (=>)

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