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krops (krebs ops)

krops is a lightweigt toolkit to deploy NixOS systems, remotely or locally.

Some Features

  • store your secrets in password store
  • build your system remotely
  • minimal overhead (it's basically just nixos-rebuild switch!)
  • run from custom nixpkgs branch/checkout/fork

Minimal Example

Create a file named krops.nix (name doesn't matter) with following content:

let
  krops = (import <nixpkgs> {}).fetchgit {
    url = https://cgit.krebsco.de/krops/;
    rev = "3022582ade8049e6ccf18f358cedb996d6716945";
    sha256 = "0k3zhv2830z4bljcdvf6ciwjihk2zzcn9y23p49c6sba5hbsd6jb";
  };

  lib = import "${krops}/lib";
  pkgs = import "${krops}/pkgs" {};

  source = lib.evalSource [{
    nixpkgs.git = {
      clean.exclude = ["/.version-suffix"];
      ref = "4b4bbce199d3b3a8001ee93495604289b01aaad3";
      url = https://github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs;
    };
    nixos-config.file = toString (pkgs.writeText "nixos-config" ''
      { pkgs, ... }: {
        fileSystems."/" = { device = "/dev/sda1"; };
        boot.loader.systemd-boot.enable = true;
        services.openssh.enable = true;
        environment.systemPackages = [ pkgs.git ];
        users.users.root.openssh.authorizedKeys.keys = [
          "ssh-rsa ADD_YOUR_OWN_PUBLIC_KEY_HERE user@localhost"
        ];
      }
    '');
  }];
in
  pkgs.krops.writeDeploy "deploy" {
    source = source;
    target = "root@YOUR_IP_ADDRESS_OR_HOST_NAME_HERE";
  }

and run $(nix-build --no-out-link krops.nix) to deploy the target machine.

Under the hood, this will make the sources available on the target machine below /var/src, and execute nixos-rebuild switch -I /var/src.

Source Types

derivation

Nix expression to be built at the target machine.

Supported attributes:

  • text - Nix expression to be built.

file

The file source type transfers local files (and folders) to the target using <code>rsync</code>.

Supported attributes:

  • path - absolute path to files that should by transfered

  • useChecksum (optional) - boolean that controls whether file contents should be checked to decide whether a file has changed. This is useful when path points at files with mangled timestamps, e.g. the Nix store.

git

Git sources that will be fetched on the target machine.

Supported attributes:

  • url - URL of the Git repository that should be fetched.

  • ref - Branch / tag / commit that should be fetched.

  • clean.exclude - List of patterns that should be excluded from Git cleaning.

pass

The pass source type transfers contents from a local password store to the target machine.

Supported attributes:

  • dir - absolute path to the password store.

  • name - sub-directory in the password store.

pipe

Executes a local command, capture its stdout, and send that as a file to the target machine.

Supported attributes:

  • command - The (shell) command to run.

symlink

Symlink to create at the target, relative to the target directory. This can be used to reference files in other sources.

Supported attributes:

  • target - Content of the symlink. This is typically a relative path.

References

Communication

Comments, questions, pull-requests, etc. are very welcome, and can be directed at: