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made the complete dependencies paragraph in a lot clearer for new users #615

merged 2 commits into from Oct 14, 2020


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@makoConstruct makoConstruct commented Oct 11, 2020

When trying to learn how nix works through the features page, I had a lot of trouble understanding this section. We discussed it here , and eventually things were explained to me. Accordingly, I have changed the section so that it will be more clear for new users.

In short, saying "compilers don’t search in per-packages
directories such as
Is very confusing for a new user, because they are trying to understand how compilers actually do find their way into nix's store when they're allowed to, and this comes across as if it's saying that they don't. It is in fact a regular occurrence for compilers to "search" those directories, and they need to see this acknowledged, so it's very hard for them to find the intended meaning.

"Runtime dependencies are found by scanning binaries" is also somewhat confusing, as the result files of a build might not always be binaries. A new user would be led to ask "why just the binaries?"

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@nixos-discourse nixos-discourse commented Oct 11, 2020

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garbas approved these changes Oct 14, 2020
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@garbas garbas left a comment

@makoConstruct I think you are pointing a valid concern. Thank you.

I have added few changes, but overall it is an improvement over previous version.

Major rework on content of this page is coming together with the redesign sometimes next week.

@garbas garbas merged commit fb2a2d5 into NixOS:master Oct 14, 2020
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