Re: broken nvidia package, is there a work around?

From: Joris Huizer (jorishuizer_at_planet.nl)
Date: 06/26/04

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    Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2004 14:01:49 +0200
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    Michael Bonert wrote:
    > I'm running Sarge and I just tried installing nvidia's proprietary
    > drivers. Bottom line is it didn't work and I'm 97% sure it is
    > messed packages.
    >
    > I worked through the instructions in "nvidia-kernel-source"
    > and then get to a place where I have a deb package I built
    > from the (kernel) headers--but it doesn't install 'cause of
    > a dependency:
    > -----
    > # dpkg -i nvidia-kernel-2.6.6-1-386_1.0.5336-6_i386.deb
    > Selecting previously deselected package nvidia-kernel-2.6.6-1-386.
    > (Reading database ... 68446 files and directories currently installed.)
    > Unpacking nvidia-kernel-2.6.6-1-386 (from
    > nvidia-kernel-2.6.6-1-386_1.0.5336-6_i386.deb) ...
    > dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of
    > nvidia-kernel-2.6.6-1-386:
    > nvidia-kernel-2.6.6-1-386 depends on nvidia-kernel-common (>=
    > 1.0.5336); however:
    > Package nvidia-kernel-common is not installed.
    > dpkg: error processing nvidia-kernel-2.6.6-1-386 (--install):
    > dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
    > Errors were encountered while processing:
    > nvidia-kernel-2.6.6-1-386
    > -----
    >
    > # apt-get install nvidia-kernel-common
    > Reading Package Lists... Done
    > Building Dependency Tree... Done
    > Package nvidia-kernel-common is not available, but is referred to by
    > another package.
    > This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    > is only available from another source
    > E: Package nvidia-kernel-common has no installation candidate
    >
    > -----
    >
    >
    > I've found the installation process with the proprietary nvidia/debian
    > stuff frustrating.
    >
    > What is the point of using it any away-- as opposed to installing the
    > tar ball from nvidia's site?
    >
    > I hope someone out there can enlighten me.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Michael
    >
    >
    >
    > Hardware/Software
    > ========================================
    > Athlon 2200 XP
    > ASUS A7N8X (Motherboard)
    > ASUS V8420 - NVIDIA GeForce 4
    > Viewsonic PF790
    > 512 MB RAM
    >
    > Debian Sarge
    > 2.6.6-1-386 Kernel
    > KDE 3.2.2

    You should be able to get nvidia-kernel-common from apt; it's in the
    "contrib" part
    (http://packages.debian.org/testing/x11/nvidia-kernel-common) so add
    contrib (and maybe non-free ?) to your /etc/apt/sources.list lines like
    this,

    deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ sarge main non-free contrib
    deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US sarge/non-US main contrib
    non-free

    HTH,

    Joris

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