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Old 05-18-2006, 05:30 PM   #1
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nVidia (should I install x11-common)


I'm in the process of getting the nVidia drivers working with my kernel (

It's generally going OK, but I'm at a point where I could use some insight.

I'm fairly new to linux and I've had to reload my system a few times already because I've made some mistakes that I couldn't recover from.

I'm hoping to avoid another mistake.

So far, I've recompiled the new kernel and boot it without any problems.

This site (

tells me to issue the following command:

#apt-get install nvidia-glx

The problem is, that my OS is telling me that it's not going to install the package because it depends on x11-common.

Now my question...Should I install x11-common ?

I think I have done this in the past and I had to (eventually) reload the OS because things stopped working.

Here is the output of apt-cache policy commands:

# apt-cache policy x11-common
Installed: (none)
Candidate: 1:7.0.18
Version Table:
1:7.0.18 0
500 unstable/main Packages
6.9.0.dfsg.1-6 0
500 testing/main Packages

# apt-cache policy nvidia-glx
Installed: (none)
Candidate: 1.0.8756-4
Version Table:
1.0.8756-4 0
500 unstable/non-free Packages
1.0.7174-3 0
500 stable/non-free Packages

I guess this is telling me that the X11-common package does not exist in the stable release of debian. Should I care about that?
Old 05-20-2006, 10:48 AM   #2
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Unhappy Why all the difficulty?

I am seeking after the same issue to get Blender working. A lot seems to have changed in Debain ( I was on fedora for 6 months) and I want to do the right thing without having to worry about massing my system up.

When i try:
apt-cache search nvidia-glx

I see:
nvidia-glx - NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x driver
nvidia-glx-dev - NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x / Xorg driver development files
nvidia-glx-ia32 - NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x driver
nvidia-glx-legacy - NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x driver (legacy version)
nvidia-glx-legacy-dev - NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x driver development files
nvidia-glx-legacy-ia32 - NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x / Xorg driver (legacy version)
nvidia-kernel-legacy-source - NVIDIA binary kernel module source (legacy version)
nvidia-kernel-source - NVIDIA binary kernel module source

I think that means that you have and not x11 common and should we use:
nvidia-glx-legacy-ia32 - NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x / Xorg driver

Can anyone tell us what to do?

I have installed AMD64 through net install and did a dist upgrade to sid.

Last edited by RonaldUitAlmere; 05-20-2006 at 10:51 AM.


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