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  • Why is Nixpkgs suddenly building everything from source?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 4 Dec 2021
    nix-channel --list: home-manager https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager/archive/release-21.05.tar.gz
  • Tvix: We Are Rewriting Nix
    6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 1 Dec 2021
    Keep in mind I use Nix personally, and for work.

    > I too bought the story that being able to re-emerge my whole system was some kind of performance or configuration boon. Eventually I realized that I just wanted to use my computer to get through life...

    I don't have fun constantly mucking with my settings either. That novelty long wore off long ago, like with most people who have used Linux 10+ years.

    I do however get a benefit being able to set up my same config on multiple machines. For example, recently, I switched from XMonad to sway on my work computer, which necessitated a bunch of config changes. I then synced those changes over to my personal machine with https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager .

    C.f. my phone just died, and I got a new android, and the android backup/sync situation gets worse and worse, and it will be a huge pain in the ass fixing my phone so i can hopefully move a few more account settings, 2FAs, etc. over.

    The moral of the story is that when I do need to configure something, I want to do it once. Sysadmining repetitively is infuriating.


    The linker thing is quite different. I still do like programming (as opposed to sysadmining) for fun, and I want the tools to suck less. I also find infrastructure fun and interesting, be it computer or real world. I am a fairly prolific contributor to the Nix ecosystem, not because what I necessary want to do by myself on my own machine, but simply because I enjoy making the stuff better (and this hobby also sometimes becomes current task on the job, too).

    Nix starts from a strong baseline of "sound" builds --- anything that is not sand-boxed, and therefore unlikely to be reproducible / cached correctly now pisses me off a shitty software that doesn't respect by time. The goal is to build on that foundation and also make Nix builds more incremental, so we have both a reliable and tight debug loop. Ultimately I want to see my work and the Nix community at large swamp the rest of the computing world with the productivity that is unleashed and when we stop crippling ourselves with shitty tools.

    The flip side is that since goal is social, I have 0 interest in solo dog-fooding. I only use my PRs which I merged upstream; whatever benefits they would bring are certainly outweighed by the costs of living on forks all by oneself.


    If not being totally relatable (I rarely find people interested infra changes that don't immediately benefit them) hopefully it is at least clearly distinct from "building out my person nerd terrarium" customizing the computer as individualistic self-expression.

  • How to configure multiple users with Home Manager?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 24 Nov 2021
    { config, pkgs, ... }: let home-manager = builtins.fetchTarball "https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager/archive/release-21.05.tar.gz"; in { imports = [ (import "${home-manager}/nixos") (import ./user1.nix home-manager) (import ./user2.nix home-manager) ]; # etc., etc... }
  • When you force a Linux user to work in a Windows environment. Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.
    1 project | reddit.com/r/linuxmasterrace | 24 Nov 2021
    One of the reasons I love home-manager, was able to bring up my user shell and tooling on WSL2 in a few minutes.
  • Any solution for per-user application and desktop configuration?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 11 Nov 2021
    The answer to 'per-user' configuration is usually "home-manager" (https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager). Have you had a look there already?
  • The future of Home Manager and Flakes
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 10 Nov 2021
    FWIW, some time ago home-manager build|instantiate|switch started accepting a --flake argument. Perhaps that is what you are looking for?
  • Home-Manager LiteralExample Deprecated
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 1 Nov 2021
    This was fixed recently in https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager/pull/2371
  • How do I use an overlay with nix-env without NixOS
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 29 Oct 2021
    ~ λ nix-channel --list home-manager https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager/archive/master.tar.gz nixpkgs https://nixos.org/channels/nixos-unstable-small
  • Are waybar and wofi the best to add to Sway, and how?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 21 Oct 2021
    I would advise you to check home-manager. I use sway module from home-manager to set everything like so. Read documentation and see how to set it up if you are interested.
  • Having trouble getting started adding packages to my user
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 18 Oct 2021
    Also if you would like to install packages only for one user and modify his home directory decoratively, I would recommend looking into home-manager.
  • Ubuntu 21.10
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 14 Oct 2021
    Unfortunately not public, but what I use is home manager, you can check it out here https://github.com/nix-community/home-manager. There is also chance that other people have it publically
  • very noob question: how to undo nix-shell -p hello command
    1 project | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 11 Oct 2021
    Also, I dont suggest using nix-env at all. You can do this if you want of course, but it is not declarative so it breaks the whole point of nixos. The 'better' way to install user packages is home-manager
  • I get nix / home-manager and emacs init.el not working
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 24 Sep 2021
    I'm not that adept with nix either, unfortunately, so I can't decipher that much from either the home-manager source or the nixpkgs source. It does add a default.el and some site-start stuff, but I'm not sure why that would mess with your init file.
  • Systemd xautolock issue
    1 project | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 23 Sep 2021
    If not, you can see what its module does here. It uses a combination of xautolock and xss-lock to get both time-based and session-based locking.
  • What's the point of a "dotfiles" repository?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/linuxquestions | 14 Sep 2021
    home-manager and nixos in general are attempts to kind of 'clean up the mess' of dealing with dozens of configuration files and system state.


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