Nox is a small tool that makes the use of the Nix package manager easier.
Nox is written in Python 3 and requires nix 1.8 and git. It is released under MIT license.
You can install it from nixpkgs by running
nix-env -i nox.
To try the last version, just clone the repository, run
and run the resulting binaries in
result/bin. To install it, run
nix-env -if ..
nox QUERY to search for a nix package. The underlying
nix-env invocation is cached to make the search faster than your
nix-env -qa | grep QUERY. In addition, package descriptions
are searched as well as their names. You may specify multiple queries,
in which case only packages matching all of them will be listed. Queries
are considered as Python-style regular expressions.
Once you have the results, type the numbers of the packages to install.
Bonus: if you enter the letter 's' at the beginning of the package numbers list, a nix-shell will be started with those packages instead.
nox-review command helps you find what has changed in nixpkgs, and
build changed packages, so you're sure they are not broken. There are 3 modes:
nox-review wipcompares the nixpkgs in the current working dir against a commit, so you can check that your changes break nothing. Defaults to comparing to
HEAD(the last commit), but you can change it:
nox-review wip --against master^'.
nox-review pr PRfinds the packages touched by the given PR and build them.
I'm working on a new command,
nox-update, that will display
information about what is about to be updated, especially giving info
not provided by nixos-rebuild:
- Why is everything being installed?
- Which are package upgrades?
- Which are expression changes?
- Which are only rebuilds trigerred by dependency changes?
- Especially, what package triggered the rebuild?
A picture is better than a thousand words, so here is what it looks like for now: