I’ve already posted this on distrobox ([Question] Distrobox mounts /nix into containers · Issue #837 · 89luca89/distrobox · GitHub), but the community here seems really engaged, so I thought I’d give it a shot…
I’m using NixOS 23.05 with Cinnamon de, though I tested with NixOS unstable and found similar results. This is with distrobox+podman.
I’m getting strange behavior when I try to use distrobox on NixOS. The root cause seems to be that the /nix directory gets mounted inside the distrobox container. This means (as far as I know) that you cannot set up a separate nix install inside the container, for example if you want to use home-manager for things in the container.
Beyond that, any time I run a distrobox command, e.g., “distrobox list”, inside a container (which I do fairly often, simply by accident), everything gets into a weird state where I get an error message (""ERRO User-selected graph driver “overlay” overwritten by graph driver “vfs” from database - delete libpod local files to resolve ") any time I run any podman command, even outside the container. At this point, the only option appears to be to delete ~/.local/share/containers and reinstall podman.
So my question would be, has anyone else had success using distrobox on NixOS? Should I maybe find a way to unmount /nix inside the container?
Thanks for the help.