New installation can't boot

I just installed nixos on my pc but when I try to boot it I get into emergency mode. The shell is telling me to check journalctl and there i see an error message that plymouth is missing. It is trying to execute /nix/store/[hash]-systemd-253.5/bin/plymouth. I went to check and this folder /nix/store/[hash]-systemd-253.5 is missing. I had simmilar problem with manjaro, after upgrading the kernal that’s why I wanted to swtich to another distro. I did manual partitioning, because I wanted to keep my home folder, but this shouldn’t affect that, right? The current system does’t have internet so I can’t install the package. I have tried reinstalling but the results are the same. It is properly installing grub and it detects the other systems I have on the other ssd/harddisks. What could be causing this issue? How do I fix it?

When in emergency mode I can run mount -a;exit and I boot in the system and even if I have added plymouth in systemPackages it doesn’t fix the issue


Here is my configuration.conf

# Edit this configuration file to define what should be installed on
# your system.  Help is available in the configuration.nix(5) man page
# and in the NixOS manual (accessible by running ‘nixos-help’).

{ config, pkgs, ... }:

  imports =
    [ # Include the results of the hardware scan.

  # Bootloader.
  boot.loader.grub.enable = true;
  boot.loader.grub.device = "/dev/sdb";
  boot.loader.grub.useOSProber = true;

  networking.hostName = "nixos"; # Define your hostname.
  # networking.wireless.enable = true;  # Enables wireless support via wpa_supplicant.

  # Configure network proxy if necessary
  # networking.proxy.default = "http://user:password@proxy:port/";
  # networking.proxy.noProxy = ",localhost,internal.domain";

  # Enable networking
  networking.networkmanager.enable = true;

  # Set your time zone.
  time.timeZone = "Europe/Sofia";

  # Select internationalisation properties.
  i18n.defaultLocale = "en_US.UTF-8";

  i18n.extraLocaleSettings = {
    LC_ADDRESS = "bg_BG.UTF-8";
    LC_MONETARY = "bg_BG.UTF-8";
    LC_NAME = "bg_BG.UTF-8";
    LC_NUMERIC = "bg_BG.UTF-8";
    LC_PAPER = "bg_BG.UTF-8";
    LC_TELEPHONE = "bg_BG.UTF-8";
    LC_TIME = "bg_BG.UTF-8";

  # Enable the X11 windowing system.
  services.xserver.enable = true;

  # Enable the KDE Plasma Desktop Environment.
  services.xserver.displayManager.sddm.enable = true;
  services.xserver.desktopManager.plasma5.enable = true;

  # Configure keymap in X11
  services.xserver = {
    layout = "us";
    xkbVariant = "";

  # Enable CUPS to print documents.
  services.printing.enable = true;

  # Enable sound with pipewire.
  sound.enable = true;
  hardware.pulseaudio.enable = false;
  security.rtkit.enable = true;
  services.pipewire = {
    enable = true;
    alsa.enable = true;
    alsa.support32Bit = true;
    pulse.enable = true;
    # If you want to use JACK applications, uncomment this
    #jack.enable = true;

    # use the example session manager (no others are packaged yet so this is enabled by default,
    # no need to redefine it in your config for now)
    #media-session.enable = true;

  # Enable touchpad support (enabled default in most desktopManager).
  # services.xserver.libinput.enable = true;

  # Define a user account. Don't forget to set a password with ‘passwd’.
  users.users.trayan = {
    isNormalUser = true;
    description = "Trayan";
    extraGroups = [ "networkmanager" "wheel" ];
    packages = with pkgs; [
    #  thunderbird

  # Allow unfree packages
  nixpkgs.config.allowUnfree = true;

  # List packages installed in system profile. To search, run:
  # $ nix search wget
  environment.systemPackages = with pkgs; [
   vim # Do not forget to add an editor to edit configuration.nix! The Nano editor is also installed by default.
  #  wget

  # Some programs need SUID wrappers, can be configured further or are
  # started in user sessions.
  # = true;
  # programs.gnupg.agent = {
  #   enable = true;
  #   enableSSHSupport = true;
  # };

  # List services that you want to enable:

  # Enable the OpenSSH daemon.
  # services.openssh.enable = true;

  # Open ports in the firewall.
  # networking.firewall.allowedTCPPorts = [ ... ];
  # networking.firewall.allowedUDPPorts = [ ... ];
  # Or disable the firewall altogether.
  # networking.firewall.enable = false;

  # This value determines the NixOS release from which the default
  # settings for stateful data, like file locations and database versions
  # on your system were taken. It‘s perfectly fine and recommended to leave
  # this value at the release version of the first install of this system.
  # Before changing this value read the documentation for this option
  # (e.g. man configuration.nix or on
  system.stateVersion = "23.05"; # Did you read the comment?


The things that I have changed from the auto-generated one was uncommenting vim and adding plymouth in the systemsPackages
The partitions could be found in the hardware conf

# Do not modify this file!  It was generated by ‘nixos-generate-config’
# and may be overwritten by future invocations.  Please make changes
# to /etc/nixos/configuration.nix instead.
{ config, lib, pkgs, modulesPath, ... }:

  imports =
    [ (modulesPath + "/installer/scan/not-detected.nix")

  boot.initrd.availableKernelModules = [ "xhci_pci" "ahci" "usb_storage" "usbhid" "sd_mod" ];
  boot.initrd.kernelModules = [ ];
  boot.kernelModules = [ "kvm-amd" ];
  boot.extraModulePackages = [ ];

  fileSystems."/" =
    { device = "/dev/disk/by-uuid/182adb69-7485-445b-9f05-a3e1c81ef577";
      fsType = "ext4";

  fileSystems."/boot" =
    { device = "/dev/disk/by-uuid/39f00ebb-9681-44f1-b179-6b3335958d34";
      fsType = "ext4";

  fileSystems."/home" =
    { device = "/dev/disk/by-uuid/2e3785f4-5a23-4e3c-a023-c491724b08e4";
      fsType = "ext4";

  swapDevices = [ ];

  # Enables DHCP on each ethernet and wireless interface. In case of scripted networking
  # (the default) this is the recommended approach. When using systemd-networkd it's
  # still possible to use this option, but it's recommended to use it in conjunction
  # with explicit per-interface declarations with `networking.interfaces.<interface>.useDHCP`.
  networking.useDHCP = lib.mkDefault true;
  # networking.interfaces.enp37s0.useDHCP = lib.mkDefault true;

  nixpkgs.hostPlatform = lib.mkDefault "x86_64-linux";
  hardware.cpu.amd.updateMicrocode = lib.mkDefault config.hardware.enableRedistributableFirmware;

What I did was delete all partitions beside the home one and created one extended which I split in 4000MiB boot and the rest to /, one swap 4000MiB and 4000MiB that is flagged with bios-grub. Grub is installed on the same ssd and is the first device set from the bios. The system only works with it.

The log is too large for the forum here is a gist: The Journalctl log up until I manually mount the partitions · GitHub

Can you post more of the journal output? I’m pretty sure this is a red herring. Also, posting your configuration.nix and partition layout would help