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Add note for necessary step of setting password #87863

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FranklinYu commented May 15, 2020

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#39915 (comment)

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I don’t think they applies since this is only documentation update.

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rnhmjoj commented May 28, 2020

I would rephrase the note to mention mutableUsers = false, and users.users.passwordFile, which is probably more frequent use-case than an unattended installation.

Also sudo nixos-enter --command passwd seems friendlier than chpasswd.

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FranklinYu commented Jun 4, 2020

@rnhmjoj Sorry, I’m not sure how these two options are related to this note here. This note is only about the step of running

# nixos-install

as well as steps after that. IMO the two configuration options you mention should be specified in the step above it, namely

You should then edit /mnt/etc/nixos/configuration.nix to suit your needs:

# nano /mnt/etc/nixos/configuration.nix

As for the recommendation of nixos-enter, I don’t see why we would prefer it over simply not using --no-root-passwd, since both are intended for the same scenario (interactive installation).

I’m not yet familiar with NixOS so please don’t hesitate to correct my mistakes above.

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