nix-env for installation and uninstallation of a package doesn't change the current user environment, but creates a new one.

nix-build builds a derivation, which can also install a package. Does it change the current user environment? Does it create a new user environment?


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nix-build will create ("realize") some paths in /nix/store and create a result symlink in the current directory pointing to the final build result.

It does not modify the current user/system environment.

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