I’m learning learning to use Nix. This page lists the resources I
used, in the order I used them. I feel pretty good about this as a
reasonable strategy (for me, at least!) to get up and running.
- Install nix on macOS.
- Read through
man nix-env and play around with most of
the options. Skim the other
man nix-* to get a basic
- semi-concurrently with above, dig through
start building a mental model of how all these things interact.
- Complete https://nixcloud.io/tour/. If you haven’t mucked around
with functional languages much, the last handful of exercises might
break your brain, but I don’t think that sort of thing is going to come
up very often in real use.
- Set up a NixOS box on DigitalOcean (https://chris-martin.org/2016/nixos-on-digitalocean).
1GB of RAM isn’t enough for some operations, 4GB is plenty. Play around
with NixOS a bit.
- Read through https://nixos.org/nixos/nix-pills/. The last 2-3 start
to get kind of… arcane. I started skimming at that point.
- https://nixos.org/nix/manual/. A lot is skimmable at
this point; new/interesting stuff in Chapter 13; reference parts (15,
21) later on worth a skim just to get an idea of what exists.
- Clone https://github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs, and start exploring.
default.nix and keep going until you have a
rough idea of how to navigate the whole codebase.
Haven’t looked at yet, but probably worth reading: