I just released the version 0.2 of the nixos-scripts. Read here what is included in this release.
44 patches are included in this release, merges not counted. There were some basic changes and a handful of features were added.
switch command includes the hostname of your machine by default
now, whereas the flag is now changed from adding your hostname to
preventing the hostname in your tag.
The tags which are generated by
switch are no longer annotated.
switch command also has now an option to do all the things, but not
nixos-rebuild at all.
switch command can also tag the local nixpkgs clone now if the switch
succeeded. The subcommand
switch is default for the
switch command now,
you don’t have to do
nix-script switch -c switch, you can do
The command for updating a package definition has now a flag for not checking out a new branch before updating the package. This can be used to mass-update packages on one branch. Also a flag for not checking out the base branch after a successful update of a package.
The user gets less output now, only output which can be relevant to the user
is printed if the
-v flag is passed to the
nix-script command. The
(debugging) flag prints all the information which can be used to debug the
scripts now. But normal users don’t need this flag.
All the scripts have support for the RC file now. You can put configuration in
~/.nix-script.rc now, so you don’t have to pass things all the time. For
the nixos-scripts repository at github.
Channel tools were integrated as well. The channel tools can be used to diff between channel generations, list the channel generations, checkout a specific channel generation and so on. More utilities will be included as time goes on, of course.
What is in the pipeline
Of course, the next release is already planned. v0.3 will land as soon as there are enough new features. In the pipeline is already:
- A tool to update the nixos channel and generate tags for it in the configuration directory
- A repo-reset command, which can be used to generate a branch in your nixpkgs which is based on the commit which your current nixos generation is build from
- Container helpers. Everything you need to manage nixos-containers
diff-generationswill be able to list the diff in your configuration
- A tool for test-building a package based on a special branch
More things will be done behind the scenes: Verification that everything worked well, checks before commands are executed, on so on.
v0.4 will be a one-feature-release which will only include completion support. The PR on github for this feature exists already, but it will be developed until v0.3 is ready and if everything works, it will be integrated with a single merge commit.
So that’s it for today.