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There really is no point in using the GWL without Guix. If you already have a Guix installation, you can install the GWL with guix install gwl.

The Guix Workflow Language uses the GNU build system. To install it from a release tarball just unpack it and run the usual commands:

make install

If you want to build the sources from the source repository you need to bootstrap the build system first. Run autoreconf -vif first and then perform the above steps.

Note that in order for Guix to learn about the “workflow” sub-command provided by the GWL, the guix/extensions directory provided by the GWL must be added to the list of directories in the GUIX_EXTENSIONS_PATH environment variable.