[pkg-nvidia-devel] Bug#533163: Bug#533163: nvidia-glx: fails to start

Jakub Lucký jakub.lucky at gmail.com
Thu Aug 20 11:20:23 UTC 2009

We can forget all that about kernel upgrades...

Now I realized (after some tesing), that problem is not in kernel upgrades,
but in rebooting and halt... When computer is powered off (like shutdown
-h)  and I boot it again, GDM fails to start, but when I reboot it (after
this problem), everything is OK...


2009/8/18 Lennart Sorensen <lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca>

> On Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 01:59:11PM +0200, Jakub Lucký wrote:
> > Well, this seems to be interesting stuff... I recently met this problem
> few
> > times, always it was problem of kernel, or at least seemed to me because
> it
> > happened this way:
> >
> > * upgrade of kernel (only minor Debian version, always 2.6.30-1-686) ->
> > fails to start, X starts by user with "startx" command
> > * new minor version of kernel -> GDM starts normally
> > * another minor version of kernel -> GDM fails to start, startx not
> tested
> > * current Debian version of 2.6.30-1-686 (Version: 2.6.30-6) -> GDM
> > starts...
> >
> > No module building made during this situation
> Whenever a new nvidia driver version is released, you have to rebuild the
> modules.
> Whenever a new major kernel is released, you have to rebuild the modules.
> Whenver a new ABI change happens to the kernel, you have to rebuild.
> If there is no new version of anything and no ABI change, then you are OK.
> An ABI change is then the -#- in the kernel changes.  So 2.6.30-1-686 is
> ABI 1, 2.6.30-2-686 is ABI version 2 and would require a module rebuild.
> As long as the -1- doesn't change there should not be a need for a rebuild
> (unless a new nvidia driver version comes out of course).
> Now mistakes could happen and perhaps an ABI change could be missed in
> the kernel release, but that is very very rare.
> --
> Len Sorensen
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