Maverick Alpha3 +nvidia-96 +updates

NoOp glgxg at
Thu Aug 12 01:43:48 UTC 2010

Loaded up Maverick Alpha3 a simple test 32bit machine (Intel Motherboard
1Ghz/348Mb) with an nVidia NV25GL [Quadro4 900 XGL] card. All working
well; get notification for a driver is available (nvidia-96), install
the driver via jockey, reboot, got to
System|Preferences|Appearance|Visual Effects|click 'Extra' & compiz
works (well for a change) with wobbly windows & all. Packages installed are:

$ apt-cache policy xserver-xorg
  Installed: 1:7.5+6ubuntu2
  Candidate: 1:7.5+6ubuntu3
  Version table:
     1:7.5+6ubuntu3 0
        500 maverick/main i386 Packages
 *** 1:7.5+6ubuntu2 0
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
$ apt-cache policy xserver-xorg-core
  Installed: 2:
  Candidate: 2:
  Version table:
     2: 0
        500 maverick/main i386 Packages
 *** 2: 0
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
$ apt-cache policy nvidia-96
  Installed: 96.43.18-0ubuntu1
  Candidate: 96.43.18-0ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 96.43.18-0ubuntu1 0
        500 maverick/restricted
i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Then the trouble begins... do an update and that installs
And that breaks everything. Reboot & system stalls at plymouth splash
screen. Booting into single user mode (Recovery) gets me to a terminal
mode, but startx, gdm et all do not work.
I can purge nvidia-96 and get the gdm login back. I can even purge
nouveau and reinstall nvidia-96 and get the gdm login back; but I can't
enable the nvidia drivers as 'sudo nvidia-xconfig' creates an
/etc/X11/xorg.conf that does not work.

So I reinstall 10.10 Alpha3 and get nvidia-96 working again (including
fading & wobbly windows). This time I 'force version' of xserver-common
and xserver-xorg-core to via Synaptic. I purposely leave
xserver-xorg available for update & reboot as update-manager keeps
crashing & interestingly enough shows a download size of 1Kb for 256
selected updates... So I pin the packages via dpkg:

$ sudo -s
# echo xserver-common hold | dpkg --set-selections
# echo xserver-xorg-core hold | dpkg --set-selections
# exit
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Update the system again & reboot: nvidia-96 and compiz are still working
fine. So my suspicion is that 2: is the primary
issue. Unfortunately, pinning to the version seems to cause
holding back 43 other packages:

The following packages have been kept back:
  gbrainy gir1.0-freedesktop gir1.0-glib-2.0 python-gobject
  python-gobject-cairo xserver-common xserver-xorg xserver-xorg-core
  xserver-xorg-input-evdev xserver-xorg-input-mouse
  xserver-xorg-input-synaptics xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse
  xserver-xorg-input-wacom xserver-xorg-video-apm xserver-xorg-video-ark
  xserver-xorg-video-ati xserver-xorg-video-chips xserver-xorg-video-cirrus
  xserver-xorg-video-fbdev xserver-xorg-video-i128 xserver-xorg-video-i740
  xserver-xorg-video-intel xserver-xorg-video-mach64 xserver-xorg-video-mga
  xserver-xorg-video-neomagic xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
  xserver-xorg-video-openchrome xserver-xorg-video-r128
  xserver-xorg-video-radeon xserver-xorg-video-rendition
  xserver-xorg-video-s3virge xserver-xorg-video-savage
  xserver-xorg-video-siliconmotion xserver-xorg-video-sis
  xserver-xorg-video-sisusb xserver-xorg-video-tdfx
  xserver-xorg-video-tseng xserver-xorg-video-vesa xserver-xorg-video-vmware
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 43 not upgraded.

Before I wander off to launchpad land to file a bug, can anyone else
verify the same issue with nvidia-96 and/or offer suggestions as to how
to resolve with the updated xserver packages?

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