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nix3-store-repair(1) General Commands Manual nix3-store-repair(1)

Warning: This program is experimental and its interface is subject to change.


nix store repair - repair store paths


nix store repair [option…] installables


Repair a store path, after determining that it is corrupt:

# nix store verify /nix/store/yb5q57zxv6hgqql42d5r8b5k5mcq6kay-hello-2.10
path '/nix/store/yb5q57zxv6hgqql42d5r8b5k5mcq6kay-hello-2.10' was
modified! expected hash
'sha256:1hd5vnh6xjk388gdk841vflicy8qv7qzj2hb7xlyh8lpb43j921l', got
# nix store repair /nix/store/yb5q57zxv6hgqql42d5r8b5k5mcq6kay-hello-2.10


This command attempts to “repair” the store paths specified by installables by redownloading them using the available substituters. If no substitutes are available, then repair is not possible.


During repair, there is a very small time window during which the old path (if it exists) is moved out of the way and replaced with the new path. If repair is interrupted in between, then the system may be left in a broken state (e.g., if the path contains a critical system component like the GNU C Library).


Common evaluation options:

  • --arg name expr
    Pass the value expr as the argument name to Nix functions.
  • --argstr name string
    Pass the string string as the argument name to Nix functions.
  • --eval-store store-url
    The Nix store to use for evaluations.
  • --impure
    Allow access to mutable paths and repositories.
  • --include / -I path
    Add path to the list of locations used to look up <...> file names.
  • --override-flake original-ref resolved-ref
    Override the flake registries, redirecting original-ref to resolved-ref.

Common flake-related options:

  • --commit-lock-file
    Commit changes to the flake’s lock file.
  • --inputs-from flake-url
    Use the inputs of the specified flake as registry entries.
  • --no-registries
    Don’t allow lookups in the flake registries. This option is deprecated; use --no-use-registries.
  • --no-update-lock-file
    Do not allow any updates to the flake’s lock file.
  • --no-write-lock-file
    Do not write the flake’s newly generated lock file.
  • --override-input input-path flake-url
    Override a specific flake input (e.g. dwarffs/nixpkgs). This implies --no-write-lock-file.
  • --recreate-lock-file
    Recreate the flake’s lock file from scratch.
  • --update-input input-path
    Update a specific flake input (ignoring its previous entry in the lock file).

Options that change the interpretation of installables:

  • --all
    Apply the operation to every store path.
  • --derivation
    Operate on the store derivation rather than its outputs.
  • --expr expr
    Interpret installables as attribute paths relative to the Nix expression expr.
  • --file / -f file
    Interpret installables as attribute paths relative to the Nix expression stored in file. If file is the character -, then a Nix expression will be read from standard input.
  • --recursive / -r
    Apply operation to closure of the specified paths.