How to view hidden files

So, I’ve noticed that there are a bunch of files in the /nix/store/ directory with no way to view them. Recently, though, I just figured out how to view them.

  1. Create a new Python Repl.
  2. Go to the Shell tab (it should automatically open upon creation of the Repl)
  3. Execute the following command:
cd /nix/store/hd4cc9rh83j291r5539hkf6qd8lgiikb-python3-3.10.8/lib/python3.10
  1. Type dir to view all the libraries and builtin files.
  2. Type nano <file>.py to view the contents of the file. If you wish to copy the contents of the file to make it editable in the workspace, press Ctrl+O and when it asks you for the filename, delete all existing content and type /home/runner/<your-repl-slug>/
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or you know…

cp -r /nix/store nix-pub

I executed that, and it just creates an empty folder called nix-pub.

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no it’s not empty, there’s just too many files in /nix/store so you just choose a specific one, like for example, /nix/store/hd4cc9rh83j291r5539hkf6qd8lgiikb-python3-3.10.8/lib/python3.10

To add on to this, here is a table listing all the known Nix packages and their corresponding directories.

Package name Nix directory
pkgs.nano /nix/store/5n5pjgv0pjdxfkbaqi3nl6wp55zlzcxy-nano-7.0
pkgs.qtile /nix/store/36aw9jkjgl0qwnvm4jz5rj1vwldb9h14-qtile-0.22.1
pkgs.python39Full /nix/store/nwpv33bscqyf1d9janfjhw1k716r7fd4-python3-3.9.15
pkgs.python38Full /nix/store/5g6y3nzq80fkq54ahan2slc57j6327nj-python3-3.8.15
pkgs.python3Minimal /nix/store/igdcckxrd115041zvvcqmw9qxwf6pfxv-python3-minimal-3.10.8

(This will be updated periodically)

I’m not 100% sure but I believe the random characters before the package name may be temporary and change from time to time.

Could you make that a wiki?

They do, but if replit keeps old derivations, they should be reliable

you can use nix eval nixpkgs.<your pkg name>.outPath to find that for each repl


Does nix have a C API?

How do I make it a wiki?

I’m not sure. You can figure it out by creating a C Repl and looking in replit.nix.