[Nix-dev] how to use stdenv

Bjørn Forsman bjorn.forsman at gmail.com
Fri Jan 2 20:54:50 CET 2015

On 2 January 2015 at 19:46, Ganesh Sittampalam <ganesh at earth.li> wrote:
> On 31/12/2014 11:19, Bjørn Forsman wrote:
>> On 31 December 2014 at 11:42, Ganesh Sittampalam <ganesh at earth.li> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> https://nixos.org/wiki/Howto_develop_software_on_nixos talks about
>>> including stdenv in a myEnvFun environment to get gcc etc.
>>> However gcc and a bunch of other standard build tools don't seem to be
>>> part of stdenv any more:
>>> https://github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs/commit/328f7a621e0e2c37159e4cdd86fa279417fa3b9e
>>> ["stdenv: Remove propagatedUserEnvPkgs
>>> Stdenv is not really intended as an installable package. Nowadays it's
>>> much better to use "nix-shell -p" to get a build environment."]
>>> Is that wiki page out of date now? Is there a new recommended way of
>>> getting the build tools into a myEnvFun environment now?
>> I can think of a couple of ways:
>> - include gcc etc. in buildInputs
>> - use nix-shell instead of myEnvFun (like the commit message suggests)
> Thanks - using gcc+binutils in buildInputs works fine for me. Should I
> update the wiki page to note that you shouldn't use stdenv in myEnvFun
> any more?

Yes, I guess so. If it doesn't work, there is no point in the wiki
recommending it :-)

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