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Nix vs pnpm: What are the differences?

Nix: A package manager for Linux and other Unix systems *. It makes package management reliable and reproducible. It provides atomic upgrades and rollbacks, side-by-side installation of multiple versions of a package, multi-user package management and easy setup of build environments; *pnpm:** Fast, disk space efficient package manager. It uses hard links and symlinks to save one version of a module only ever once on a disk. When using npm or Yarn for example, if you have 100 projects using the same version of lodash, you will have 100 copies of lodash on disk. With pnpm, lodash will be saved in a single place on the disk and a hard link will put it into the node_modules where it should be installed.

Nix and pnpm can be primarily classified as "Package Managers" tools.

Nix is an open source tool with 3.24K GitHub stars and 555 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Nix's open source repository on GitHub.

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      Works as a Node.js package manager
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    What is Nix?

    It makes package management reliable and reproducible. It provides atomic upgrades and rollbacks, side-by-side installation of multiple versions of a package, multi-user package management and easy setup of build environments.

    What is pnpm?

    It uses hard links and symlinks to save one version of a module only ever once on a disk. When using npm or Yarn for example, if you have 100 projects using the same version of lodash, you will have 100 copies of lodash on disk. With pnpm, lodash will be saved in a single place on the disk and a hard link will put it into the node_modules where it should be installed.

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