What Flakes needs (technically)

Linus Heckemann

Playlists: 'nixcon2023' videos starting here

Flakes is seeing widespread and increasing adoption, but some people and projects are still hesitant to move to them because they have requirements that are cumbersome or impossible to address with Nix Flakes in their current incarnation (there are also other reasons, but I will be focusing on the technical ones).

I will talk about the gaps I see in the current design of Flakes, and how these gaps could be filled in the future without compromising the core goals of Flakes. I will also explore the implications that this will have for the broad range of projects already using Flakes as it exists today.