>> Is this the intended behaviour? I am wondering whether packages with
>> search paths should include both the user-profile directories and the
>> system-profile ones.
> I think you’re right.  This was discussed at
> <http://bugs.gnu.org/20255>, leading to a patch (for GuixSD).
> However, we failed to build consensus around the approach of this patch,
> so we did not apply it.  If you have ideas, please email
> 20...@debbugs.gnu.org.  :-)

what about something like:

- /etc/profile
  # [...]
  . /run/current-system/profile/etc/profile 
  # [...]
  . "$HOME/.guix-profile/etc/profile"
  # [...]

- /run/current-system/profile/etc/profile
  export PATH="${profiles//:/\/bin}/bin ${profiles//:/\/sbin}/sbin"
  # [...]

- $HOME/.guix-profile/etc/profile
  export ACLOCAL_PATH="${profiles//:/\/share/aclocal}/share/aclocal"
  # [...]

That is, each profile adds all its search paths to all the profile roots
passed in the colon separated variable GUIX_PROFILES. If GUIX_PROFILES
is empty, it adds the search paths inside its own directory only (as
until now).

No need to expand recursively (no ":$OLD_VALUE" at then end of each
assignment) as we are generating the profile, user additions will come
later. Should be fast enough, and a user can do the (slower) guix
--search-paths in its own profile if he wants to.

If you think it's fine, I will prepare a patch.



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