nixpkgs.dev is a small service that allows you to use short URLs when referring to a package or an option on NixOS Search! For instance, instead of sending https://search.nixos.org/packages?channel=unstable&show=comma, you can now send nixpkgs.dev/comma.
Here are the currently available routes:
/:package (defaults to
/option/:option (also defaults to
This project is open source on GitHub at ryanccn/nixpkgs-dev!
Looks nice ! Do you plan to add a ‘clic to copy short link’ button to
Maybe we could request @qyliss a redirect from .gs
Wow, awesome! Is it possible to add e.g.
position/:package which links to the
📦 Source on search.nixos.org, i.e. the
meta.position of a package?
position/comma can redirect to https://github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs/blob/c3e128f3c0ecc1fb04aef9f72b3dcc2f6cecf370/pkgs/tools/package-management/comma/default.nix#L38
I thought about adding this feature in the initial release, but there are various technical difficulties with adding such a feature:
- Evaluating Nixpkgs is slow, so uncached
meta.position queries would result in somewhat slow redirects
- A separate traditional server backend would have to be added in order to call Nix directly
- It might not be wise to rely on NixOS Search’s internal Elasticsearch instance since there might be breaking changes
Yeah, I was not thinking about evaluating nixpkgs, rather I was thinking about parsing the first result on search.nixos.org, and get the
📦 Source provided there. But as you have pointed out above, this would be an incredibly fragile operation… Indeed, better not to do it unless there is a stable API.
no thanks, if for any reason the service stops working, so will do your links…
do you want some top-level subdomain *.nix.moe for this?
Such logic can also be hosted on Cloudflare for free though
I assume the domain requires a subscription.