NixOS in Production
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NixOS in Production

The NixOS handbook for professional use ONLY

About the Book

This book is a guide to using NixOS in production that will help you answer the following questions:

- What real-world use cases does NixOS address better than the alternatives?

- What does a mature NixOS enterprise look like?

- How do I smoothly migrate an organization to adopt NixOS?

- What potential pitfalls of NixOS should I be mindful to avoid?

- How can I effectively support and debug NixOS when things go wrong?

I'm writing this book because I cultivated years of professional experience doing all of the above, back when no such resource existed. I learned NixOS the hard way and I'm writing this book so that you don't have to make the same mistakes I did.

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    • Infrastructure as Code
    • Functional Programming
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About the Author

Gabriella Gonzalez
Gabriella Gonzalez

Gabriella is best known as the creator of the Dhall configuration language and the "Haskell for all" functional programming blog. Professionally, she has years of experience leading a Haskell + Nix DevOps team and in her free time she headlines functional programming conferences and authors widely-used packages, tools, and technical guides.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 What is NixOS for?
    • Desktop vs. Server
    • On-premises vs. Software as a service
    • Virtualization
    • The killer app for NixOS
    • Profile of a NixOS adopter
    • What does NixOS replace?
  • 3 The big picture
    • The Zen of NixOS
    • GitOps
    • DevOps
    • Architecture
    • Scope
  • 4 Setting up your development environment
    • Installing Nix
    • Running a NixOS virtual machine
  • 5 Our first web server
    • Hello, world!
    • DevOps
    • TODO list
    • Passing through the filesystem
  • 6 NixOS option definitions
    • Anatomy of a NixOS module
    • Syntactic sugar
    • NixOS modules are not language features
    • NixOS
    • Recursion
  • 7 Advanced option definitions
    • Imports
    • lib utilities
  • 8 Deploying to AWS using Terraform
    • Configuring your access keys
    • A minimal Terraform specification
    • Deploying our configuration
    • Cleaning up
    • Terraform walkthrough
    • S3 Backend
    • Version control
  • 9 Continuous Integration and Deployment
    • Continuous Integration
    • Continuous Deployment
  • Notes

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