To allow Guix to download substitutes from
hydra.gnu.org or a
mirror thereof, you
must add its public key to the access control list (ACL) of archive
imports, using the
guix archive command (see Invoking guix archive). Doing so implies that you trust
hydra.gnu.org to not
be compromised and to serve genuine substitutes.
The public key for
hydra.gnu.org is installed along with Guix, in
prefix/share/guix/hydra.gnu.org.pub, where prefix is
the installation prefix of Guix. If you installed Guix from source,
make sure you checked the GPG signature of
guix-0.14.0.tar.gz, which contains this public key file.
Then, you can run something like this:
# guix archive --authorize < prefix/share/guix/hydra.gnu.org.pub
Note: Similarly, the berlin.guixsd.org.pub file contains the public key for the project’s new build farm, reachable at ‘
As of this writing
berlin.guixsd.orgis being upgraded so it can better scale up, but you might want to give it a try. It is backed by 20 x86_64/i686 build nodes and may be able to provide substitutes more quickly than
Once this is in place, the output of a command like
should change from something like:
$ guix build emacs --dry-run The following derivations would be built: /gnu/store/yr7bnx8xwcayd6j95r2clmkdl1qh688w-emacs-24.3.drv /gnu/store/x8qsh1hlhgjx6cwsjyvybnfv2i37z23w-dbus-1.6.4.tar.gz.drv /gnu/store/1ixwp12fl950d15h2cj11c73733jay0z-alsa-lib-126.96.36.199.tar.bz2.drv /gnu/store/nlma1pw0p603fpfiqy7kn4zm105r5dmw-util-linux-2.21.drv …
to something like:
$ guix build emacs --dry-run 112.3 MB would be downloaded: /gnu/store/pk3n22lbq6ydamyymqkkz7i69wiwjiwi-emacs-24.3 /gnu/store/2ygn4ncnhrpr61rssa6z0d9x22si0va3-libjpeg-8d /gnu/store/71yz6lgx4dazma9dwn2mcjxaah9w77jq-cairo-1.12.16 /gnu/store/7zdhgp0n1518lvfn8mb96sxqfmvqrl7v-libxrender-0.9.7 …
This indicates that substitutes from
hydra.gnu.org are usable and
will be downloaded, when possible, for future builds.
The substitute mechanism can be disabled globally by running
--no-substitutes (see Invoking guix-daemon). It can also be disabled temporarily by passing the
--no-substitutes option to
build, and other command-line tools.