Bug#736145: nvidia-detect gives no senseful output

Karsten Malcher debian at dct.mine.nu
Mon Jan 27 19:05:09 UTC 2014

Am 27.01.2014 20:00, schrieb Andreas Beckmann:
> On 2014-01-27 17:23, Karsten Malcher wrote:
>> Am 25.01.2014 16:57, schrieb Andreas Beckmann:
>>> On 2014-01-20 10:30, Karsten Malcher wrote:
>>>> When i run nvidia-detect i get this output:
>>>> Detected NVIDIA GPUs:
>>>> 02:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GF108
>>>> [GeForce GT 430] [10de:0de1] (rev a1)
>>>> Your card is supported by the default drivers and version 304.
>>>> It is recommended to install the
>>>>       nvidia-driver
>>>> package.
>>>> That's wrong!
>>>> Correct should be 319.76 and this is installed:
>>> Why do you think this is wrong? What would you expect instead?
>>> Andreas
>> Please read exact - current driver is 319.76 or not?
> The purpose of nvidia-detect is not to tell you something about upstream
> version numbers, ...

O.K. It's not a bug - it's a feature.

>> nvidia-detect cries for 304.
>> So how to install something that does not exist? ;-)
> ... but about Debian package names. And 'nvidia-driver' does exist.
> That's what 'default drivers' is about.

The description says:
"The 'nvidia-detect' script in this package checks for an NVIDIA GPU in the system and recommends one of the non-free 
accelerated driver meta-packages"

When the main function is "only" to recommend something, everything is perfect. :-)

> But you are right, we could mark the '304' more prominently as 'legacy'.

Fine. :-)
Close the bug.

> Andreas
> PS: Note to self: check that nvidia-detect in wheezy-backports outputs
> something sane

Then i should update the wiki that this package exists.
It's really not clear how get NVidia running in Debian ...


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