Nix documentation


The Nix manual (PDF) tells you everything you need to know about installing and using Nix. It also describes the Nix expression language.


Following are some research papers about Nix.

  • Joachim Schiele. Multi-Platform Software Package Management. March 2011. Diplomarbeit at the University of Tübingen. [pdf] [abstract]
  • Eelco Dolstra. The Purely Functional Software Deployment Model. PhD thesis, Faculty of Science, Utrecht, The Netherlands. January 2006. ISBN 90-393-4130-3. [pdf] [igitur] [abstract]
  • Eelco Dolstra. Secure Sharing Between Untrusted Users in a Transparent Source/Binary Deployment Model. In 20th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2005), pages 154–163, Long Beach, California, USA. ACM Press, November 2005. [pdf] [acm] [abstract]
  • Eelco Dolstra and Martin Bravenboer and Eelco Visser. Service Configuration Management. In E. James Whitehead, Jr. and Annita Persson Dahlqvist (Eds.), 12th International Workshop on Software Configuration Management (SCM-12), pages 83–98, Long Beach, California, USA. September 2005. [pdf] [abstract]
  • Eelco Dolstra. Efficient Upgrading in a Purely Functional Component Deployment Model. In George Heineman et al. (Ed.), Eighth International SIGSOFT Symposium on Component-based Software Engineering (CBSE 2005), volume 3489 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 219–234, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Springer-Verlag, May 2005. © Springer-Verlag. [pdf] [abstract]
  • Eelco Dolstra and Merijn de Jonge and Eelco Visser. Nix: A Safe and Policy-Free System for Software Deployment. In Lee Damon (Ed.), 18th Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA '04), pages 79–92, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. USENIX, November 2004. [pdf] [abstract]
  • Eelco Dolstra and Eelco Visser and Merijn de Jonge. Imposing a Memory Management Discipline on Software Deployment. In 26th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2004), pages 583–592, Edinburgh, Scotland. IEEE Computer Society, May 2004. [pdf] [acm] [abstract]