Title : Making a home NAS using NixOS
Author: Solène
Date : 18 October 2020
Tags : nixos linux nas
Still playing with [NixOS](https://nixos.org/), I wanted to experience
how difficult it would be to write a NixOS configuration file to
turn a computer into a simple NAS with basics features: samba
storage, dlna server and auto suspend/resume.
What is [NixOS](https://nixos.org/features.html)? As a reminder for
some and introduction to the others, NixOS is a Linux distribution
built by the Nix package manager, which make it very different than
any other operating system out there, except [Guix](https://guix.gnu.org/)
which has a similar approach with their own package manager written
in Scheme.
NixOS uses a declarative configuration approach along with lot of
others features derived from Nix. What's big here is you no longer
tweak anything in `/etc` or install packages, you can define the
working state of the system in one configuration file. This system
is a totally different beast than the others OS and require some
time to understand how it work. Good news though, **everything**
is documented in the man page `configuration.nix`, from fstab
configuration to users managements or how to enable samba!
Here is the `/etc/nixos/configuration.nix` file on my NAS.
It enables ssh server, samba, minidlna and vnstat. Set up a user
with my ssh public key. Ready to work.
Using `rtcwake` command (Linux specific), it's possible to put
the system into standby mode and schedule an auto resume after
some time. This is triggered by a cron job at 01h00.
{ config, pkgs, ... }:
# include stuff related to hardware, auto generated at install
imports = [ ./hardware-configuration.nix ];
boot.loader.grub.device = "/dev/sda";
# network configuration
networking.interfaces.enp3s0.ipv4.addresses = [ {
address = "";
prefixLength = 24;
} ];
networking.defaultGateway = "";
networking.nameservers = [ "" ];
# FR locales and layout
i18n.defaultLocale = "fr_FR.UTF-8";
console = { font = "Lat2-Terminus16"; keyMap = "fr"; };
time.timeZone = "Europe/Paris";
# Packages management
environment.systemPackages = with pkgs; [
kakoune vnstat borgbackup utillinux
# network disabled (I need to check the ports used first)
networking.firewall.enable = false;
# services to enable
services.openssh.enable = true;
services.vnstat.enable = true;
# auto standby
services.cron.systemCronJobs = [
"0 1 * * * root rtcwake -m mem --date +6h"
# samba service
services.samba.enable = true;
services.samba.enableNmbd = true;
services.samba.extraConfig = ''
workgroup = WORKGROUP
server string = Samba Server
server role = standalone server
log file = /var/log/samba/smbd.%m
max log size = 50
dns proxy = no
map to guest = Bad User
services.samba.shares = {
public = {
path = "/home/public";
browseable = "yes";
"writable" = "yes";
"guest ok" = "yes";
"public" = "yes";
"force user" = "share";
# minidlna service
services.minidlna.enable = true;
services.minidlna.announceInterval = 60;
services.minidlna.friendlyName = "Rorqual";
services.minidlna.mediaDirs = ["A,/home/public/Musique/" "V,/home/public/Videos/"];
# trick to create a directory with proper ownership
# note that tmpfiles are not necesserarly temporary if you don't
# set an expire time. Trick given on irc by someone I forgot the name..
systemd.tmpfiles.rules = [ "d /home/public 0755 share users" ];
# create my user, with sudo right and my public ssh key
users.users.solene = {
isNormalUser = true;
extraGroups = [ "wheel" "sudo" ];
openssh.authorizedKeys.keys = [
"ssh-ed25519 AAAAC3NzaC1lZDI1NTE5AAAAIOIZKLFQXVM15viQXHYRjGqE4LLfvETMkjjgSz0mzMzS personal"
"ssh-ed25519 AAAAC3NzaC1lZDI1NTE5AAAAIOIZKLFQXVM15vAQXBYRjGqE6L1fvETMkjjgSz0mxMzS pro"
# create a dedicated user for the shares
# I prefer a dedicated one than "nobody"
# can't log into it
users.users.share= {
isNormalUser = false;