nix3-nar-cat(1) General Commands Manual nix3-nar-cat(1)

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

nix nar cat - print the contents of a file inside a NAR file on stdout

nix nar cat [option…] nar path

List a file in a NAR and pipe it through gunzip:
# nix nar cat ./hello.nar /share/man/man1/hello.1.gz | gunzip
.\" DO NOT MODIFY THIS FILE!  It was generated by help2man 1.46.4.
.TH HELLO "1" "November 2014" "hello 2.10" "User Commands"
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This command prints on standard output the contents of the regular file path inside the NAR file nar.