nixos-build-vms man page

 

nixos-build-vms __ — build a network of virtual machines from a network of NixOS configurations

Synopsis

nixos-build-vms [--show-trace] [--no-out-link] [--help] network.nix

Description

This command builds a network of QEMU-KVM virtual machines of a Nix expression specifying a network of NixOS machines. The virtual network can be started by executing the bin/run-vms shell script that is generated by this command. By default, a result symlink is produced that points to the generated virtual network.

A network Nix expression has the following structure:

{
  test1 = {pkgs, config, ...}:
    {
      services.openssh.enable = true;
      nixpkgs.localSystem.system = "i686-linux";
      deployment.targetHost = "test1.example.net";

      # Other NixOS options
    };

  test2 = {pkgs, config, ...}:
    {
      services.openssh.enable = true;
      services.httpd.enable = true;
      environment.systemPackages = [ pkgs.lynx ];
      nixpkgs.localSystem.system = "x86_64-linux";
      deployment.targetHost = "test2.example.net";

      # Other NixOS options
    };
}

Each attribute in the expression represents a machine in the network (e.g. test1 and test2) referring to a function defining a NixOS configuration. In each NixOS configuration, two attributes have a special meaning. The deployment.targetHost specifies the address (domain name or IP address) of the system which is used by ssh to perform remote deployment operations. The nixpkgs.localSystem.system attribute can be used to specify an architecture for the target machine, such as i686-linux which builds a 32-bit NixOS configuration. Omitting this property will build the configuration for the same architecture as the host system.

Options

This command accepts the following options:

--show-trace

Shows a trace of the output.

--no-out-link

Do not create a 'result' symlink.

-h, --help

Shows the usage of this command to the user.

Author

Eelco Dolstra

Author

Info

01/01/1970 NixOS Reference Pages