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Posts with mentions or reviews of nixpkgs. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-22.
  • Quickly Grab Stuff From Your Git History | 2021-10-22
    Since then, this particular code has been moved out of our codebase and added to nixpkgs, so we can pull it from the main tree. My first instinct was to start digging through that (huge) repository to find the file and use that as a reference.
  • Difficulties with Libvirt / QEMU hooks, OVMF Sec-boot, and swTPM | 2021-10-21
    both these Issues are documented Here and Here.
  • What differences are between these two ways of adding a package/configuration? | 2021-10-21
    In your case, setting hddtemp.enable to true makes hddtemp run as a systemd service. According to wiki, here's what that daemon does:
  • What is NixOS' treatment about programs of individuals? | 2021-10-19
    The NixOS repository is Nixpkgs:
  • Steam with proton not launching games | 2021-10-17
    NIX_PATH=nixpkgs= nix-shell -p steam --run steam
  • BSAG » NixOS and the Art of OS Configuration | 2021-10-16
    >The community consists mostly of programmers, which means I am missing some creative tools (mockups, mindmaps, ..). In the future I will be able to provide/build them myself, but it is not a smooth transition from my previous arch setup.

    Any time you need a package that's not in nixpkgs, feel free to submit a packaging request for it: (Issues -> New Issue -> Packaging Request)

    Especially if you explain that it's a popular tool in the creative community, that kind of thing is useful for the Nix packaging team to be made aware of. Even if someone doesn't package it right away, there's a good chance it will make it into the next 6-month release cycle. | 2021-10-16
  • A wordpress issue related to nix, I need some tips on how to setup some tooling, to be able to work on a web server hosting a wordpress website from a local network, remotely from a desktop linux/mac machine: | 2021-10-14
  • OpenBSD 7.0 Released | 2021-10-14
    There are a couple issues tracking FreeBSD support for Nix [0,1], the package manager indicating it works there. Depending on the level of integration you want that might be sufficient, that would already be enough to generate the system config files for example, but to get the sort of integration you get on NixOS with different generations and the ability to rollback at boot would require more work. This would look something more like nix-darwin [2] than NixOS really.

    I wouldn't be entirely surprised if OpenBSD works too, I might spin up a VM and see...




  • OSTree vs Nix (very new) | 2021-10-14
    Package it yourself and add it to nixpkgs
  • Help with Anbox | 2021-10-13
    Anbox doesn't work on NixOS since there are anbox modules built into Linux kernel (I think it was added is some early 5. something version, you would need to look it up). There is a PR for fixing anbox. You can try it and give some feedback (I would strongly recommend this option) or use older kernel which should work.
  • Ask HN: Solo-preneurs, how do you DevOps to save time? | 2021-10-12
    I decided to take a few years off work to just build on what I'd like. Perhaps in a startup studio model, so I have a bias for having something that is easily reusable, and that uses tech someone else can pick up and run with easily. I'll probably be in the business of dev/infra tooling.

    Currently going with a container image as the minimal deployable unit that gets put on top of a clean up to date OS. For me that's created with a Dockerfile using Alpine image variants. In a way I could see someone's rsync as an ok equivalent, but I'd do versioned symlinked directories so I can easily roll back if necessary if I went with this method. Something like update-alternatives or UIUC Encap/Epk: Anyone remember that? I guess the modern version of Epkg with dependencies these days is :-) Or maybe Nixpkgs:

    Deployment-wise I've already done the Bash script writing thing to help a friend automate his deployment to EC2 instance. For myself I was going to start using boto3, but just went ahead and learned Terraform instead. So now my scripts are just simple wrappers for Docker/Terraform that build, push, or deploy that work with AWS ECS Fargate or DigitalOcean Kubernetes.

    No CI/CD yet. DBs/backups I'll tackle next as I want to make sure I can install or failover to a new datacenter without much difficulty.

  • Some questions about nixOS (noob) | 2021-10-11
    For example to install dotnet-sdk_2.2.401 ( when searching for version 2.1, 3.0 and 5. I have already installed version 5 but I need 2.2 as well. How would you do it?
  • NixOS -> why can I not create a new .service file even as root? | 2021-10-10
    Yeah cheers mate. The exact package is ckb-next, and when starting the daemon through systemctl it says ‘unit file ckb-next-daemon.service does not exist’. Hence why I checked the system folder and sent to make one manually.
  • Nix-GUI: Make NixOS usable for non-technical users through settings / GUI | 2021-10-10
    Also considering posting your ideas to the Nix forums or possibly github issues, lots of activity there and you’ll probably get some good feedback before publishing.


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