How to Learn Nix, Part 47: New and unimproved shells.
So a sort of crazy thing happened to the Nix UI between Nix 2.3 and 2.4.
nix shell, the command that opens a shell, was renamed to nix develop.
nix develop is not only more to type (no, nix dev does not work), but it’s also a… misleading name for this command. I publish and preview my blog from a Nix shell, which has dependencies like my static site generator and CSS prefixer and such. I do not think of this as “developing” my blog. I think of it as writing my blog within a Nix shell. Shells are more broadly useful than “just” software development, even if that is the main use case.
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