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Old 12-04-2007, 12:20 AM
Jon Nettleton
Default f8 nvidia - dynamic kernel module support

On Tue, 2007-11-13 at 21:12 +1100, David Timms wrote:
> Mitsuho Iizuka wrote:
> > BTW, what is DKMS ? Direct Kernel .... ???
> http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/6896
> > What differences are there between livna and freshrpm nvidia driver ?
> I haven't checked lately, but it used to be:
> - livna format is a kmod rpm for a specific kernel version. If the
> kernel changes, you need to wait for livna to publish a new kmod suited
> only to the new kernel. They get to do the compile, test release process.
> - freshrpms format is a dkms module rpm. Along with requiring compiler
> tools and kernels headers installed, dkms detects a change in kernel
> during system boot up, and rebuilds the kernel interface to suit the new
> kernel. Mostly this just works - maybe an extra 30 seconds to compile it
> the first time you run a new kernel version.

I am working on getting dkms integrated so modules are built post-kernel
update instead of on boot. I think this should be a much more dynamic
and elegant solution. My major use case is, a module won't build
against a new kernel you can prompt the user to choose if they would
like to continue to boot the current kernel instead of dealing with one
that has broken video drivers.


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