Bug#735049: nvidia-support: Debconf prompts are misleading for NVIDIA Optimus users

Andreas Beckmann anbe at debian.org
Sun Jan 12 12:15:34 UTC 2014

On 2014-01-12 11:56, Vincent Cheng wrote:
> Installing bumblebee-nvidia (for optimus support) also pulls in the
> proprietary nvidia packages, along with nvidia-support; during the
> installation process, the user will see a debconf prompt saying that a
> xorg.conf snippet must be used to enable the nvidia driver
> (nvidia-support/create-nvidia-conf), which does not apply for nvidia
> optimus users and will break glx on the user's main display if the
> user blindly follows those debconf prompts.

Aren't there three ways to run such a system:

* in Intel mode (no non-free driver installed, no promts shown)
* in Nvidia mode (only NVIDIA gpu, needs xorg.conf adjustment)
* in Bumblebee mode (no xorg.conf adjustment needed)

So this should be restricted to the bumblebee case, shouldn't it?

+ Ignore this message if you have a laptop with NVIDIA Optimus technology
+ (dual Intel and NVIDIA GPUs).

Or can we somehow detect Optimus systems and show an entirely different
template there?

You can ignore the second template you patched for now, as that script
is not being used currently.


PS: before uploading the fix, I'll ask d-l10n-english@ for a review

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