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Old 05-22-2008, 04:33 AM
Babstar
 
Default Bug#482305: xen-disabled image?

There is no problem with the Nvidia script, the problem is Nvidia does
not support xen kernels.
I'm all for a better solution to this problem, however, a huge number of
users have *no choice* as to which video card is installed in their
machines, are being penalized. Many others purchased cards on the basis
of previous support.
I would love Nvidia to open source their drivers, however no amount of
pressure seems to work...
Perhaps an alternative solution is for an explicitly xen-disabled
linux-image, allowing the nvidia module to be built, so users don't have
to reconfigure & recompile their own kernel.

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Old 05-22-2008, 01:48 PM
 
Default Bug#482305: xen-disabled image?

On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 02:33:24PM +1000, Babstar wrote:
> There is no problem with the Nvidia script, the problem is Nvidia does
> not support xen kernels.
> I'm all for a better solution to this problem, however, a huge number of
> users have *no choice* as to which video card is installed in their
> machines, are being penalized. Many others purchased cards on the basis
> of previous support.
> I would love Nvidia to open source their drivers, however no amount of
> pressure seems to work...
> Perhaps an alternative solution is for an explicitly xen-disabled
> linux-image, allowing the nvidia module to be built, so users don't have
> to reconfigure & recompile their own kernel.

Actually there was a problem with the nvidia script, which is that they
assumed CONFIG_XEN=y meant you were running under xen. That is wrong.
All it means is that the kernel could be run under XEN, not that it
necesarily is.

By simply removing the check as well as all the incorrect #ifdef's
relating to CONFIG_XEN it conpiles and runs just fine, although of
course trying to run it under xen would not work. So yes nvidia doesn't
support running under xen, but it does support running on a kernel that
could be run under xen, contrary to what their build scripts claimed.

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