Hermetic stand-alone nix+bazel combo

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Filip Filmar

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Apr 9, 2024, 11:01:44 AMApr 9
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Hi folks. So I tinkered a bit.

Would someone be game to try out https://github.com/filmil/bazel-nix-flakes ?

This is a small repo, based upon https://github.com/tweag/rules_nixpkgs, which self-installs nix into bazel's cache and then builds and runs a hello world program.

That is, it allows you to use nixpkgs software in your bazel builds without having nix installed at all. Under the hood it uses existing tools for installing nix into an arbitrary file prefix. The idea is to make use of the vast nixpkgs repo in bazel builds, without needing to spend time bazelizing the world.

The original rules expect a nix installation, which means they are not directly usable if you don't already run nix. The above example does not require having nix installed, and anyone should be able to build it.

An issue I observed is that the bazel daemon decides to shut down in a few seconds, instead of staying around for the default ~3 hours (10800 seconds). Ideas for resolving that are welcome.

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László Csomor

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Apr 10, 2024, 10:31:03 AMApr 10
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Hey,

> An issue I observed is that the bazel daemon decides to shut down in a few seconds, instead of staying around for the default ~3 hours (10800 seconds). Ideas for resolving that are welcome.

`less $(bazel info server_log)` could reveal that.

It's possible that the daemon OOM'd, or maybe there are other bazel
deamons running on the system (happens if you build from multiple
workspaces and/or with multiple output roots) and the system is low on
memory. Does any of those sound plausible?

Cheers,
László

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Filip Filmar

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Apr 10, 2024, 1:18:50 PMApr 10
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On Wed, Apr 10, 2024 at 7:30 AM László Csomor <las...@engflow.com> wrote:
It's possible that the daemon OOM'd, or maybe there are other bazel
deamons running on the system (happens if you build from multiple
workspaces and/or with multiple output roots) and the system is low on
memory. Does any of those sound plausible?

The server logs didn't contain anything special - but the problem just went away today, without me doing anything.

This makes me think that low memory might be the culprit, but I don't really have proof at the moment. But
I could check the next time it re-appears.

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Filip Filmar

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May 11, 2024, 11:01:17 AMMay 11
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In the case someone cares, I may have emerged victorious.

Details of the ordeal, and links to results and such here: https://hdlfactory.com/post/2024/04/20/nix-bazel-%EF%B8%8F/
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