Build problems on Ubuntu Natty (11.04)

Pekka Paalanen ppaalanen at
Fri Mar 16 00:33:27 PDT 2012

On Thu, 15 Mar 2012 21:20:58 -0700
Bill Spitzak <spitzak at> wrote:

> Well this sounds reassuring.
> Is there any way to get the *newest* Nouveau driver, or is the one in 
> the Ubuntu repository about as new as I am going to find?

You are already using the git Nouveau 3D driver (nvfx in your case), as
you built your Mesa from git. Other Nouveau components are less likely
to be the cause of your problems.

> I suspect compiling it from git will requiring compiling *all* of X11, 
> which from what I heard is a nightmare that I might want to avoid.

No. Even if you upgraded the whole Nouveau suite to git versions, you
would need the git versions of only these:
	kernel, libdrm, xf86-video-nouveau, mesa
I do not recall seeing these in turn requiring git-version dependencies
in years.

Since libdrm changes quite rarely, there is a good chance a released
version of it will suffice (not guaranteed, though). The same for
xf86-video-nouveau as how distros have packaged it, even when there
are no releases. I'm not sure which Ubuntu repository you refer to, but
there is a PPA that should have very recent if not git-of-the-day
versions of everything.

The Nouveau wiki should document everything you need to know.

> Daniel Stone wrote:
> > I think it's fair to say this is definitely a nouveau issue for your
> > chipset.  My old laptop ran most GL programs fine but trying to run
> > gnome-shell would hardlock my system in about 30 seconds.  If you
> > report a bug on nouveau through Bugzilla then you should be able to
> > chase it up there.

That depends on the driver, for nvfx no bug reports are accepted:
It will be rewritten one day, and problems with the current version are
known, so filing reports now will only get ignored.

Only nv50/nvc0 3D drivers are reportable at all for now.


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