I'm following the instructions for installing the Plutus-playground found here

I discovered I must execute the following before step 10

git clone https://github.com/input-output-hk/plutus-apps.git

I cd into plutus-apps/ and this then worked fine (note: in zsh):

[zsh]$ pwd
[zsh]$ nix-build -A plutus-playground.client

But I got a "segmentation fault" with this:

[zsh]$ nix-build -A plutus-playground.server

Here is the output for clarity:

[zsh]$ nix-build -A plutus-playground.server
zsh: segmentation fault  

I switched to bash after the error, but that too failed:

[bash]$ nix-build -A plutus-playground.server
Segmentation fault: 11

Is the plutus-apps repository corrupted? Why would the client build just fine but not the server?

1 Answer 1


Could you try running GC_DONT_GC=1 nix-build -A plutus-playground.server.

  • Running macOS Big Sur and this answer solved it for me
    – caike
    Jan 14, 2022 at 16:57

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