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Re: [opensuse-factory] Re: Updates on Tumbleweed with proprietary nvidia drivers installed could be more reliable I guess
  • From: Raphael Lydia Bertoche <bertocheraphael@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2020 02:40:11 -0300
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I do think nvidia package should hardcode the max minor kernel version
it works with instead

I agree, in theory. Problem is, we do not control nvidia packages...
It must be another package, probably one manually installed by
proprietary nvidia users.

nVidia package builds KMP on the fly, on end user system. From there it
is not different to DKMS. And it includes triggers that should rebuild
driver when new kernel is installed. If this does not work, it is a bug
that should be reported and investigated.

Hardcoding exact kernel version means driver must be rebuilt and
published with every kernel update. I do not see this happening any time

It's not a bug if it doesn't succeed after a minor update because of
changes in kernel headers.
Exact kernel version is not necessary. Patch version changes should be
and usually are harmless.

+1. I fully support your proposal. For now I use a customized zypper script to
check if the nvidia driver matches the kernel version and only upgrade if it

Could you share that with us? It seems by far the most efficient and
automatic solution on a single machine.

always keep at least one and preferably two previous kernels so you do not
loose your "desktop" (video driver).

That's good advice, I'm happy it's still the default for suse. But why
not have a solution that works even for people that have no idea there
was a kernel update?

I disagree vehemently. I maintain VirtualBox for openSUSE, thus I have to
some out-of-kernel modules to match changing kernel APIs. From the time that a
new API is stabilized, the developer has roughly 8 weeks to modify the code to
handle these changes. It rarely takes me more that one day!

If a single volunteer like me can keep up with such changes, then a large
corporation should have those fixes on ALL its Linux drivers available by the
time a new kernel version is released.

They should indeed! The point is, will they, ever? If not, then I
think we should make it work better somehow.
If only we and the rest of linux communities could find a way to
pressure them to release their source code with some blobs in it...
I for one would switch for nouveau anytime, once it did most of what
nvidia does. I like the whistles and bells. I hope it catches up to
them soon enough, then they will be forced to open it.
But keep in mind this proposal is for a reliable solution to users of
their drivers, not to release them from their responsibility with
their costumers.

and still no packages/patches for legacy drivers, particularly 390.132
This is really sad, I have some machines locked on old kernel to this
day because of that.

I think Xu Zhao wrote a good synthesis of I mean't:

3. However, I do hope to somehow delay my kernel update until the Nvidia
driver catches up to make sure my desktop doesn't fail.

I think there are many ways to do 3. One solution is completely local, just
as described by Felix, but it would be largely manual. The package maintainer
can help automate this by defining an > allowed range of kernel versions when
the Nvidia is installed (for example, with the "Conflicts" keyword in the

But since the package maintainer is nvidia - correct me if I'm wrong -
then we'd have to create a package for that ourselves. Unless nvidia
would accept to include it to their srpm.
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