Re: review request for the debconf templates used by the nvidia graphics driver [non-free]
Justin B Rye wrote:
> Andreas Beckmann wrote:
>> Template: nvidia-support/removed-but-enabled-in-xorg-conf
>> Type: note
>> Description: Nvidia driver is still enabled in xorg.conf
>> The Nvidia driver was just removed, but it is still enabled in the
>> Xorg configuration. X cannot be (re-)started successfully until Nvidia
>> is disabled in the following config file(s):
>> Note that switching to the free Nouveau driver requires the
>> nvidia-kernel-common package to be purged (not just removed).
> No extra complaints other than the standard one for "Type: note";
> could this one perhaps be promoted to "Type: error"?
Actually, couldn't this end up popping up during a normal uninstall?
if I do
apt-get --purge remove nvidia-support nvidia-kernel-common
then since neither depends on the other, if I understand correctly
the order of removal is undefined.
One crazy possibility: would it make sense for nvidia-kernel-common to
depend on nvidia-support to prevent that?
>> This driver is therefore no longer usable. For graphics adapters that are
>> not supported by a newer Nvidia driver generation the only possibility is to
>> use the free Nouveau driver.
> (I would say "the only option"; less logical but more idiomatic.)
Small side note: There are some other options:
- use the vesa driver
- use the nouveau kernel driver with the xserver-xorg-video-fbdev DDX
I mention this because on an old (now dead) machine I used, the latter
would run cooler than using xserver-xorg-video-nouveau. But I don't
think it's important to advertise these other options.
> To switch to the Nouveau driver, please uninstall all Nvidia driver
> packages, remove all Nvidia-specific configuration from
> /etc/X11/xorg.conf (and xorg.conf.d/), and *purge* the
> nvidia-kernel-common package - just removing it is insufficient.
By the way, what configuration interferes that this purge avoids? It
sounds like a bug.