Dhall to Nix compiler
Haskell Nix
Latest commit b40c872 Feb 5, 2017 @Gabriel439 Version 1.0.0 => 1.0.1

README.md

dhall-nix 1.0.1

This dhall-nix package provides a Dhall to Nix compiler. You can use this compiler to program Nix using the Dhall language. This package targets people who wish Nix had a type system.

Quick start

If you have Nix installed then you can build and run this package using:

$ nix-build -A dhall-nix release.nix
$ result/bin/dhall-to-nix <<< "λ(x : Bool) → x == False"
x: x == false
$ result/bin/dhall-to-nix <<< "{ foo = 1, bar = True }"
{ bar = true; foo = 1; }
$ result/bin/dhall-to-nix <<< "< Left = 2 | Right : Natural >"
{ Left, Right }: Left 2

However, this package is also designed to be used directly from Nix. You can use the following dhallToNix utility to translate Dhall source code to the corresponding Nix expression directly within Nix:

dhallToNix = code :
  let
    file = builtins.toFile "dhall-expr" code;

    drv = pkgs.stdenv.mkDerivation {
      name = "dhall-expr-as-nix";

      buildCommand = ''
        dhall-to-nix <<< "${file}" > $out
      '';

      buildInputs = [ pkgs.haskellPackages.dhall-nix ];
    };
  in
    import "${drv}";

The long-term goal is to add the above dhallToNix utility to nixpkgs so that you can use Dhall to carve out typed and total subsets of Nix projects.

Development status

Build Status

I don't expect this library to change unless:

  • ... the Dhall language changes, which is possible but not very likely
  • ... there are bugs, but the test suite in release.nix should protect against this

License (BSD 3-clause)

Copyright (c) 2017 Gabriel Gonzalez
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