Warning: This program is experimental and its interface is subject to change.
nix store diff-closures - show what packages and versions were added and removed between two closures
nix store diff-closures [option...] before after
Show what got added and removed between two versions of the NixOS system profile:
# nix store diff-closures /nix/var/nix/profiles/system-655-link /nix/var/nix/profiles/system-658-link acpi-call: 2020-04-07-5.8.16 → 2020-04-07-5.8.18 baloo-widgets: 20.08.1 → 20.08.2 bluez-qt: +12.6 KiB dolphin: 20.08.1 → 20.08.2, +13.9 KiB kdeconnect: 20.08.2 → ∅, -6597.8 KiB kdeconnect-kde: ∅ → 20.08.2, +6599.7 KiB …
This command shows the differences between the two closures before and after with respect to the addition, removal, or version change of packages, as well as changes in store path sizes.
For each package name in the two closures (where a package name is defined as the name component of a store path excluding the version), if there is a change in the set of versions of the package, or a change in the size of the store paths of more than 8 KiB, it prints a line like this:
dolphin: 20.08.1 → 20.08.2, +13.9 KiB
No size change is shown if it's below the threshold. If the package
does not exist in either the before or after closures, it is
∅ (empty set) on the appropriate side of the
arrow. If a package has an empty version string, the version is
There may be multiple versions of a package in each closure. In that case, only the changed versions are shown. Thus,
libfoo: 1.2, 1.3 → 1.4
leaves open the possibility that there are other versions (e.g.
that exist in both closures.
Common evaluation options:
Pass the value expr as the argument name to Nix functions.
Pass the string string as the argument name to Nix functions.
The Nix store to use for evaluations.
Allow access to mutable paths and repositories.
Add path to the list of locations used to look up
Override the flake registries, redirecting original-ref to resolved-ref.
Common flake-related options:
Commit changes to the flake's lock file.
Use the inputs of the specified flake as registry entries.
Don't allow lookups in the flake registries. This option is deprecated; use
Do not allow any updates to the flake's lock file.
Do not write the flake's newly generated lock file.
Override a specific flake input (e.g.
dwarffs/nixpkgs). This implies
Recreate the flake's lock file from scratch.
Update a specific flake input (ignoring its previous entry in the lock file).
Options that change the interpretation of installables:
Operate on the store derivation rather than its outputs.
Interpret installables as attribute paths relative to the Nix expression expr.
Interpret installables as attribute paths relative to the Nix expression stored in file. If file is the character -, then a Nix expression will be read from standard input.