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Re: occult nvidia kernel version skew -- getting desperate



On Sun, Jun 18, 2006 at 06:18:03PM -0400, hendrik@topoi.pooq.com wrote:
> Guessing that my problems probably resulted from a faulty upgrade (and 
> there was plenty of that in the xorg6.9->7.0 transition), my next step 
> would seem to be to purge *all* nvidia-specific packages, remove their 
> .debs from apt-cache, reconstruct the locate database, look for any 
> remaining files with a reasonable facsimile of "nvidia" in their names 
> and delete them, look for any stray files not part of any package and 
> delete any that look suspicious, and then begin to install the stuff 
> again from scratch, downloading .debs, compiling kernel modules, etc.

I have now purged every package that contains 'nvidia' as part of its 
name, and cleared the apt-cache so that if I ever start installing such 
packages I can be sure of getting a fresh download.

But I still find nvidia-related files:
/lib/modules/2.6.12-1-amd64-generic/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia
/lib/modules/2.6.12-1-amd64-generic/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia/nvidiafb.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.15-1-amd64-generic/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia
/lib/modules/2.6.15-1-amd64-generic/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia/nvidiafb.ko

These should have vanished when I purged 
nvidia-kernel-2.6.12-1-amd64-generic and the corresponding package for 
2.6.15, shouldn't they have?

Can I delete them?  I am desperately trying to clean everything out 
before I start a reinstall.

The nvidia-kernel-2.6.15... package has disappeared from aptitude's list 
of packages, by the way, but nvidia-kernel-2.6.12-1-amd64-generic is 
still in the list, marked 'p  S' as purged but (I presume) from a 
suspicious source.


There;s also a lot of nvidia stuff in /usr/src/linus-headers...

/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.12-1-amd64-generic/include/config/fb/nvidia
/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.12-1-amd64-generic/include/config/fb/nvidia/i2c.h
/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.12-1-amd64-generic/include/config/fb/nvidia/module.h
/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.12-1/drivers/video/nvidia
/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.12-1/drivers/video/nvidia/Makefile
/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.15-1-amd64-generic/include/config/fb/nvidia
/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.15-1-amd64-generic/include/config/fb/nvidia/i2c.h
/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.15-1-amd64-generic/include/config/fb/nvidia/module.h
/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.15-1/drivers/video/nvidia
/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.15-1/drivers/video/nvidia/Makefile

and a huge file tree under /usr/src/modules/nvidia-kernel

Can I just delete all this /usr/src stuff?

-- hendrik



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