[pkg-nvidia-devel] Bug#500644: Bug#500644: nvidia-kernel-source: Cannot build on 2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-amd64

Lennart Sorensen lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Thu Oct 2 21:05:23 UTC 2008

On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 07:10:31PM -0700, Deekoo L. wrote:
> Package: nvidia-kernel-source
> Version: 1.0.8776-4
> Severity: grave
> Justification: renders package unusable
> Attempts to build the package according to the instructions in
> /usr/share/doc/nvidia-kernel-source/README.Debian fail with a bunch
> of complaints about undeclared identifiers; it appears to not be
> including the correct collection of definitions from the kernel headers.
> It fails with both 'module-assistant auto-install nvidia' and the
> set of instructions for using a Debian-supplied kernel.
> I've attached the failure log for the auto-install method.

A newer driver (or at least a patch) is needed to make it work with
2.6.24.  The newer drivers in lenny/sid work, but of course they aren't
compatible with the x server in etch anymore due to a library issue
where the old xserver required the nvidia driver to provide a library,
while the new xserver required the nvidia driver to NOT provide that
library.  In both cases doing the other thing breaks X.

I just hope lenny gets released soon.  This has gotten annoying. :)

There are instructions somewhere about how to take the source package
for the nvidia drivers from sid, add a few lines to the debian/rules
files to re add the library needed by etch, and compiling the package.
I forget if they were on the amd64 mailing list or in the BTS.

Len Sorensen

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