[pkg-nvidia-devel] nvidia in testing

Lennart Sorensen lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Mon Oct 6 18:04:18 UTC 2008

On Fri, Oct 03, 2008 at 09:54:03AM +0200, A Mennucc wrote:
> no no no. What it says is that 'no kernel modules are present *in
> lenny*".
> All needed packages are already in unstable, compiled and functional
> (I use them).
> The whole nvidia is just waiting for someone to write an email to
> debian-release, and ask that
>  nvidia-graphics-drivers	 173.14.09-5
>  nvidia-graphics-modules-amd64   173.14.09+3
>  nvidia-graphics-modules-i386    173.14.09+3
> be allowed into testing
> Note that d-release will not act on their own; they explicitely stated
> that they act only if they receive an email (and I guess, from a
> mantainer ).

Well let's see if the official maintainer can make that happen (I only
assist and I am not a DD myself so I suspect an email from me would at
best be ignored).

> why "manually building" ?  the packages
> nvidia-graphics-modules-{amd64,i386} build the needed binary drivers

The nvidia drivers source package generates:

Someone has to take nvidia-kernel-source and apply module-assistant to
it along with a list of linux-headers-* to generate the needed nvidia

Due to issues with the kernel-modules-nonfree's complete lack of useful
documentation, and kbuild's apparent lack of documentation, and the fact
the nvidia drivers work with module-assistant, worked with 2.6.24 and
kernel-modules-nonfree, but stopped working with 2.6.25 for no apparent
reason, I have so far failed to get the stupid things to work together,
which would have permitted automatic building of the required nvidia
modules packages.

Len Sorensen

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