[pkg-nvidia-devel] Bug#590221: Unnecessary packages want to install with upgrade of nvidia-glx-legacy-173xx

Steven Altermatt stevealcnm at gmail.com
Sun Jul 25 03:54:05 UTC 2010

Package: nvidia-glx-legacy-173xx

Version: 173.14.25-2

Severity: normal

After I built the new kernel-module for 173.14.125-2, installed it and then
went to install the new glx package synaptic wanted to install seven
additional packages that I did not want nor need. I don't use dkms, nor do I
want to. I do not need the nvidia-kernel-dkms package, it is only for
GeForce 6xxx and newer cards, I have a GeForce 5xxx series, hence the use of
the legacy-173xx packages. The same is true for the nvidia-vdpau-driver,
which will provide the 195 series driver - useless for me and would mess up
my system. The other three packages it wanted to install where the kernel
headers packages. Linux-headers-2.6-686, linux-headers-2.6.32-5-686, and
linux-headers-2.6.32-5-common. I am running a custom built kernel using
version 2.6.32-15 and do not need older versions of the headers mucking up
my system. I just needed to install the new version of
nvidia-glx-legacy-173xx and since I had already installed the new kernel
module, I had to download and install the glx package using my file manager,
xfe. I usually use synaptic to do upgrades and installs, and have it set up
the way I want it and didn't want to mess around changing it so I could just
install the single package. Why did you change this to draw in all the new
packages? They would just have messed up my system and are unnecessary,
unless you use dkms and have that kernel version running. Thank you.

Steven Altermatt

-- Package-specific info:
uname -a:
Linux SS2-DebTest #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat Jun 26 14:31:21
MDT 2010 i686 GNU/Linux

Linux version (2.6.32) (root at SS2-DebTest) (gcc
version 4.4.4 (Debian 4.4.4-5) ) #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat Jun 26 14:31:21 MDT 2010

NVRM version: NVIDIA UNIX x86 Kernel Module  173.14.25  Wed Jan 27 02:26:21
PST 2010
GCC version:  gcc version 4.4.3 20100108 (prerelease) (Debian 4.4.2-9)

lspci 'VGA compatible controller [0300]':
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: nVidia Corporation NV35 [GeForce
FX 5900] [10de:0331] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device [10de:0000]
    Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr-
Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
    Status: Cap+ 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort-
<TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
    Latency: 248 (1250ns min, 250ns max)
    Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 16
    Region 0: Memory at e0000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
    Region 1: Memory at d8000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
    [virtual] Expansion ROM at e1000000 [disabled] [size=128K]
    Capabilities: <access denied>
    Kernel driver in use: nvidia

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux (SMP w/2 CPU cores; PREEMPT)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages nvidia-glx-legacy-173xx depends on:
ii                         Debian package management
ii           2.11.2-2                        Embedded GNU C Library: Shared
ii           2:1.3.3-3                       X11 client-side library
ii           2:1.1.2-1                       X11 miscellaneous extension
ii           173.14.25-1+ NVIDIA binary kernel module for
ii           173.14.25-1+ NVIDIA binary kernel module for
ii           173.14.25-2+ NVIDIA binary kernel module for

Versions of packages nvidia-glx-legacy-173xx recommends:
pn  nvidia-vdpau-driver           <none>     (no description available)

Versions of packages nvidia-glx-legacy-173xx suggests:
ii  nvidia-kernel-legacy-173xx-s 173.14.25-2 NVIDIA binary kernel module
ii  nvidia-settings              195.36.24-1 Tool for configuring the NVIDIA

Versions of packages nvidia-kernel-legacy-173xx-source depends on:
ii  debhelper                     7.9.3      helper programs for
ii  make                          3.81-8     An utility for Directing
ii  quilt                         0.48-7     Tool to work with series of

Versions of packages nvidia-glx-legacy-173xx is related to:
ii  binutils                     2.20.1-12   The GNU assembler, linker and
pn  binutils-gold                <none>      (no description available)
pn  linux-headers-2.6            <none>      (no description available)
ii  nvidia-glx-legacy-173xx      173.14.25-2 NVIDIA binary Xorg driver
(173xx l
ii  nvidia-kernel-common         20100522+1  NVIDIA binary kernel module
pn  nvidia-kernel-legacy-173xx-d <none>      (no description available)
ii  nvidia-kernel-legacy-173xx-s 173.14.25-2 NVIDIA binary kernel module
ii  xserver-xorg                 1:7.5+6     the X.Org X server
ii  xserver-xorg-core            2:1.7.7-2   Xorg X server - core server

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