Channel in private repo on GitLab (URL with query params) - Nix

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Magnus Therning

Is it possible with nix-channel to use a channel with URL containing query parameters?

I can add it using nix-channel --add '' theproject, but when I run nix-channel --update I get

unpacking channels...
error: failed to open archive: Unrecognized archive format
error: builder for '/nix/store/3gl2bmzr40xizad1k2rg435hx4dhmrnn-theproject-2QsD2up13HjCkLpWpLLz.drv' failed with exit code 1
error: build of '/nix/store/3gl2bmzr40xizad1k2rg435hx4dhmrnn-theproject-2QsD2up13HjCkLpWpLLz.drv', '/nix/store/6amsimwrlfsrvawnanqm7mrp1x75c72i-nixpkgs.drv' failed
error: program '/nix/store/f837papmpi52ljfk7yzjjbqnn06x9bdp-nix-2.6.0/bin/nix-env' failed with exit code 100

I'm guessting it's the query parameter that causes it, though I'm not certain.

Unfortunately it seems GitLab doesn't support getting to a private repo using a URL format like https://<pwd>@gitlab...., like GitHub does. So I'm at a loss here :disappointed:

Magnus Therning

I decided to start using home-manager and it effectively removed the need to get nix-channel working with GitLab directly. Instead I can use fetchGit directly.

Torsten Schmits

I would recommend using flakes

Magnus Therning

Yup, I made the move to flakes too.