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How do I maintain a clean system compiling package not in the main channel in Nixos?

I wish to install a program that is not available through the main channel in Nixos. How do I ensure that the proper dependencies will be installed, ideally in a way that is described in a ...
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How do you install a one-off package in NixOS?

I've got a NixOS box that I keep on the nixos-16.03 channel. I want the machine to stay in a mostly-stable state, and so I am wanting to avoid switching to the nixos-unstable channel. However, I ...
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How to build 32-bit application on 64-bit system using Nix package manager?

It seems Nix should be able to install and build 32-bit packages on 64-bit systems. It's caches already store whole nixpkgs tree built for i686 architecture, and there should be no problem to download ...
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Run OpenGL application installed by Nix package manager

When I try to run application which uses OpenGL installed or built with Nix package manager, GLX errors shows up: $ /nix/store/p6fwy23nfcadxr4i780knajvmzga17aa-glxinfo-8.1.0/bin/glxinfo libGL error: ...
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manage packages of the system profile in NixOS

In NixOS how can I manage the system installed packages? If I run nix-env -q from root I get the packages installed by root (and available to all the users), but many are missing like ssh, the whole ...
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View logs for nix-env last installation

I use NixOS: $ nixos-version 16.03pre71289.7ae05ed (Emu) $ nix-env --version nix-env (Nix) 1.10 $ nix-channel --list $ sudo nix-channel --list nixos https://nixos.org/channels/nixos-unstable ...
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How to split /etc/nixos/configuration.nix into separate modules?

Suppose I have a very simple NixOS configuration file: { config, pkgs, ... }: { imports = [ # Include the results of the hardware scan. ./hardware-configuration.nix ]; # SOME ...
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How can I import packages from another mounted Nix store?

I have a USB disk with a nix store (to be more precise, the nix-store.squashfs file from the NixOS installation ISO) mounted at /mnt/foobar. So that when I do ls /mnt/foobar, I see the familiar ...
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nix package manager: perl warning: Setting locale failed

Whenever I run a command for the nix package manager (e.g. nix-channel --update) I get the following warning: perl: warning: Setting locale failed. perl: warning: Please check that your locale ...
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Best method of copying full /nix/store over the network from one nixos machine to another

Currently I use: find /nix/store/* -maxdepth 1 | xargs -L <N> nix-copy-closure --sign --gzip --use-substitutes --to <remote machine> Where N is some reasonable number that will not make ...
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Unable to install vim plugins

I am unable to install any vim plugins on nixOS running the command: nix-env -i vimplugin-Syntastic gives these as the last 3 lines of output: output path ‘/nix/store/...