Nix flake hostname troubleshooting

Have you seen this error?

building the system configuration...
error: flake 'git+file:///Users/matt/nixfiles' does not provide attribute 'packages.aarch64-darwin.darwinConfigurations.Bebop.system', 'legacyPackages.aarch64-darwin.darwinConfigurations.Bebop.system' or 'darwinConfigurations.Bebop.system'

I ran into this and it took me about a month before I realized that I had changed my hostname and that is why my nix flake was no longer building.

Bebop = darwin.lib.darwinSystem {
  system = "aarch64-darwin";
  specialArgs = { user = userPersonal inputs; };
  modules = [ ... ]

The hostname or where above says Bebop in this section must match your laptops hostname in the network settings. In my case my laptop’s hostname is normally Bebop but for a short time I had manually changed it to test something. This caused me much confusion for weeks till I made the connection that it was the cause of the error I was seeing when running the darwin-rebuild switch command.

This totally makes sense to me now, but drove me crazy for over a few weeks before I figured out why my flake wouldn’t install. Since there were no changes made in the git repo it wasn’t obvious to me what had happened.

Hopefully this saves someone else from confusion in the future.

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Matt Carrier

I am a pixel connoisseur who enjoys the finer details of a Bresenham line. When not staring at arrays of smoothly rendered pixels I enjoy playing guitar and consuming coffee.