Move Nix Store to new partition

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The tutorial will teach you how to relocate `/nix` to a new device on non `NixOS` Hosts. A summery of how this could be done on nixOS is below This has not been tested on NixOS but there may still be a way:


On *BSD/Linux Host

The device that /nix is on has no more space

   $ du -h
   Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
   /dev/sda1       182G  180G    2G  99% /

Stop nix daemon

   $ sudo systemctl stop nix-daemon.service

Move backup /nix; mv /nix to /nix.bak

   $ ls -alF /nix
   total 1068
   drwxr-xr-x    4 root root      4096 Jan 22 02:43 ./
   drwxr-xr-x   26 root root      4096 Feb  8 12:17 ../
   drwxrwxr-t 1555 root nixbld 1077248 Feb  8 12:05 store/
   drwxr-xr-x    4 root root      4096 Jan 22 02:43 var/
   $ cd /
   $ tar -afp /nix.tgz /nix /nix.bak
   $ sudo mv /nix /nix.bak # incase something goes horribly wrong

Mount new device. You will need to add this device to `/etc/fstab`

   $ mount /nix
   $ du -h
   Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
   /dev/sdb1       300G    0G  300G   0% /nix

Restore /nix from /nix.tgz; verify contents

   $ cd /
   $ sudo tar -xf /nix.tgz 
   $ nix-store --verify --check-contents

Start up nixdaemon

   $ sudo systemctl start nix-daemon.service

NixOS

Add rescue-boot.nix to your imports section.

nixos-rebuild (and pray you have ~300mb free on /boot/)

run the installer from grub at any time.

adjust your configuration.nix so it expects /nix to be at the new place, and nixos-rebuild boot, so it doesnt break after you move it

Now reboot and move it.