Hi am trying to setup cardano-wallet locally through wsl2 via this guide https://developers.cardano.org/docs/get-started/installing-cardano-wallet/

On the step where it asks to enter this command cp -p "dist-newstyle/build/x86_64-linux/ghc-8.10.4/cardano-wallet-2021.5.26/x/cardano-wallet/build/cardano-wallet/cardano-wallet" ~/.local/bin/ I get an error stating the file directory cannot be found. cabal build all leaves me with two cardano wallet folders that i think maybe in need to point to

  • dist-newstyle/build/x86_64-linux/ghc-8.10.4/cardano-wallet-launcher-2021.9.9
  • dist-newstyle/build/x86_64-linux/ghc-8.10.4/cardano-wallet-core-2021.9.9

Is the specified directory somewhere in there? there is no x/cardano-wallet/build/cardano-wallet/cardano-wallet to be seen :(

Note: I did configure cabal with cabal configure --with-compiler=ghc-8.10.4" instead of cabal configure --with-compiler=ghc-8.10.4 --constraint="random<1.2" as the prior was not letting me sucessfully build.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Hmm, seems very unexpected. But yes, pay attention to the version number changes and adjust accordingly. Anyway, what does this command reveal, if anything? find ~/ -name cardano-wallet Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 13:34
  • Autocorrect capitalized Cardano, if you were searching for that... try again plz. Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 13:38
  • @LouisWaweru a few different paths which look promising. But all under ghc 8.10.7. /home/isaac/cardano-src/cardano-wallet /home/isaac/cardano-src/cardano-wallet/dist-newstyle/build/x86_64-linux/ghc-8.10.7/cardano-wallet-2021.9.9/x/cardano-wallet /home/isaac/cardano-src/cardano-wallet/dist-newstyle/build/x86_64-linux/ghc-8.10.7/cardano-wallet-2021.9.9/x/cardano-wallet/build/cardano-wallet /home/isaac/cardano-src/cardano-wallet/dist-newstyle/build/x86_64-linux/ghc-8.10.7/cardano-wallet-2021.9.9/x/cardano-wallet/build/cardano-wallet/cardano-wallet
    – Isaac
    Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 21:42
  • @LouisWaweru also definitely on the right branch v2021-09-09
    – Isaac
    Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 21:54
  • Honestly, I’m not even going to try to look at this on my phone 😂😂 Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 21:54

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Working Backwards

Major edit: There is a reason the docs are explicit about ghc-8.10.4. I just hit this weird error that went away after downgrading from 8.10.7:

$ cabal build all
cabal: Cannot find the program 'ghc'. User-specified path 'ghc-8.10.5' does
not refer to an executable and the program is not on the system path.

Edit: I think you actually did what you were supposed to do and checked out the latest tag (at the time of writing): https://github.com/input-output-hk/cardano-wallet/tree/v2021-09-09

Yeah, like I was saying, the guides don't always keep up with versions and dependencies. I'm sure the wallet built with ghc-8.10.7 is completely fine, and worth testing out to let the GitHub maintainers know to update their docs.

Solution for You

However, they are probably very well aware of this, and so if must, you can always switch to 8.10.4:

ghcup install ghc 8.10.4
ghcup set ghc 8.10.4

You can start again from:

cabal configure --with-compiler=ghc-8.10.4

(Or even the next line).

Now, their guide should match up as they intended. However, I'd still ask about using 8.10.7... and maybe updating the guide depending on the answer.

If you need to reclaim space, you can remove some stuff:

ghcup rm ghc 8.10.7
du -hs ~/.cabal
rm -rf ./cabal

I would just replace with 2021.5.26 with 2021.9.9, andw= when all is done, run cardano-wallet version to see that you are in fact on the latest build.

$ cp -d "dist-newstyle/build/x86_64-linux/ghc-8.10.4/cardano-wallet-2021.9.9/x/cardano-wallet/build/cardano-wallet/cardano-wallet" ~/.local/bin/
$ cardano-wallet version
v2021-09-09 (git revision: 011a258c1b5ba57ca70f13346109ce3074820032)

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