Nix: A Safe and Policy-Free System for Software Deployment

@inproceedings{Dolstra2004NixAS,
  title={Nix: A Safe and Policy-Free System for Software Deployment},
  author={Eelco Dolstra and Merijn de Jonge and Eelco Visser},
  booktitle={LISA},
  year={2004}
}
Existing systems for software deployment are neither safe nor sufficiently flexible. Primary safety issues are the inability to enforce reliable specification of component dependencies, and the lack of support for multiple versions or variants of a component. This renders deployment operations such as upgrading or deleting components dangerous and unpredictable. A deployment system must also be flexible (i.e., policyfree) enough to support both centralised and local package management, and to… CONTINUE READING
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