Thank-you (developers)


Does anyone while working through a configuration ever just drop to their knees and thank God that Nix was created and is as fully featured as it is?
In my latest configuration update I switched to using gtk3-classic and, since I didn’t want to rebuild the world, I was looking for a guix-style-graft method. Lo-and-behold, enter replaceDependency. Initial configuration update and almost everything worked as expected. Small hiccup, some of my home-manger programs.*.package statements failed to find an override attribute (investigation came to the result that my Nix is still not good enough to trace why this attribute isn’t copied over in replaceDependency). However, I know Nix is lazy in most respects so a quick (hack[1]) later, and all is running working as expected.

To the point of this post, I just want to truly thank all the tireless Nix/NixOS/NixOps/nixpkgs/home-manager/* developers that truly make Nix a fantastic product. Being a developer myself I know praise can sometimes be hard to come by (especially against an always new set of issues), so from the bottom of my heart, to every single one of you:



programs.*.package = ( // { override = o: gtkc_graft ( o);});

I love this post. I totally do feel that sense of gratitude about the incredible completeness of Nixpkgs/NixOS sometimes.

I tend to cheer people on when I see them reporting on work that I think is exciting, difficult or valuable for the same reasons as you wrote this post. I find myself gravitating towards the various recurrent announcement/progress report threads so that I can shout people out and let them know that I think what they’re doing is important.

Come to think of it, it would be awesome to have a long-lived Gratitude Mega-Thread dedicated to thanking each other, whether it’s for development, documentation, artwork, tech support, moderation, organizing conferences, code review, RFC drafting, or anything else.

If we don’t have such a thread, could we maybe turn this into one?


Use this threat so :slight_smile:

“Thanks from guys don’t affraid to do upgrades thanks to you!”

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