[pkg-nvidia-devel] Bug#578589: Bug#578589: nvidia-kernel-source: 195.36.15 for Linux x86/x86_64 released

Andreas Beckmann debian at abeckmann.de
Tue May 4 10:52:31 UTC 2010

Jordi Pujol wrote:
> Hello,
> I have done a remake of the source package, with some updates,
> the files to include are specified in the corresponding .install files,
> now creates the nvidia-xconfig and nvidia-settings packages,

In Debian, nvidia-xconfig and nvidia-settings are in separate source
packages (source was extracted from nvidia-graphics-drivers) because
they are "free" and you can't build "free" binary packages from a
"non-free" source package (nvidia-graphics-drivers).

> as their binaries also have been compiled by the make procedure,

> The package named modaliases is new for Debian, includes a listing of ids for 
> the supported models of graphics cards.

The modaliases addition looks the most interesting to me because the
Debian package does not yet have something like this. But I don't know
if Debian can make use of modaliases files, as this looks more like an
Ubuntu thing right now.

> the script debian/upstream upgrades the source package looking for the latest 
> available version in the Nvidia ftp site,

Jordi Pujol wrote:
> A Dilluns, 3 de maig de 2010 19:23:38, vàreu escriure:
>> Things won't keep changing quite this fast, but at least at the
moment you
>> really want to work from Subversion because a lot is getting committed on
>> a weekly basis.
> well, I will try this,
>> I'll do another upload as soon as I get a chance to sort out DKMS.
> sorting out DKMS, to compile with DKMS or to not use it ?

Russ meant "adding DKMS build support" (dkms is currently not
supported), and I hope he meant to do this on-top-of or in-addition-to
the current system, not to replace the current state.

> look at my package, compiles the kernel module without any additional
> and DKMS is not needed,

Looks like you use the original NVIDIA build system - does this work
without having a NVIDIA card installed?

DKMS will probably make life easier for a lot of users because it takes
care of having the correct module for your current kernel. (But I
personally won't use this approach for servers.)

I didn't check other features of your overhauled package, the distance
from current svn (+ some more patches in the mailing list) is just too big.


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