Re: occult nvidia kernel version skew
On Mon, Jun 19, 2006 at 09:26:42AM -0400, email@example.com wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 18, 2006 at 06:18:03PM -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
> 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...
> and a huge file tree under /usr/src/modules/nvidia-kernel
> Can I just delete all this /usr/src stuff?
Well, I did, and the system still boots. Now, when it tries to start X
it complains that there isn't any nvidia driver, rather than that the
avaliable driver has an inconsistent version.
Now is the time to start installing again.