NVIDIA driver compile

Jean Francois Martinez jfm512 at free.fr
Mon Nov 24 21:39:51 UTC 2003

No thanks.  

1) I see no reason to do additional work when rpmbuild -ba will do the

2)  Everyone who has done some _serious_ software building will tell you
that compiling from a tar ball is highly unreliable.  configure will
build a different executable depending on what it finds on the machine
and the flags you pass to the configure script.  One of the nice things 
about building from an SRPM is that the falgs to configure are well
defined and that the Build-time dependencies ensure you won't build a
software so crippled to be nearly unusable (eg a Gimp who doesn't handle

3) Last but not least when I build from an SRPM I get an RPM.  I don't
want to return to the bad old times where I feared something I installed
would trash my sendmail config, where uninstalling something could break
that half of the programs who depended upon it, where once something was
installed uninstalling became nearly impossible, where I didn't knew
what was on my box and what it did.  If I enjoyed these things I would
be running Slackware.  I don't enjoy them.

BTW, building the Nvidia RPM is trivial, you have just to turn off the
build of a debug RPM 

On Mon, 2003-11-24 at 00:27, Peter Kiem wrote:
> >>As pointed out in the #fedora FAQ on fedora.artoo.net, there are rpms for
> >>the nvidia driver, along with installation instructions.
> >>
> >>Go to
> >>http://www2.educ.umu.se/~peter/nvidia/
> What is so hard about installing with the source from nVidia's site?  I
> just installed Fedora Core 1 and did this on the weekend and it worked
> 1. Go to http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_display_ia32_1.0-4496.html
> 2. Download NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run
> 3. Boot system in text mode (edit /etc/inittab and set run level to 3)
> 3. type "export CC=gcc32"
> 4. type "sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run"
> 5. Edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config file as described in the readme file
> 6. Boot the system in Gui mode (edit /etc/inittab and set run level to 5)
Jean Francois Martinez <jfm512 at free.fr>

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