[lfs-support] status report about the nouveau driver

Aleksandar Kuktin akuktin at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 18:41:00 PST 2012

>On Mon, 06 Feb 2012 22:28:25 -0500
>Alain Toussaint <alain.toussaint at securivm.ca> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> 	I still haven't done chapter 6 of the book but in
> preparation, I tried to test a git kernel (v3.3.0-rc2) along with the
> git sources of the nouveau driver for my nvidia card according to the
> instructions there:
> http://nouveau.freedesktop.org/wiki/InstallDRM (section 1.2 in
> particular).
> I also went ahead installing the latest version of the xorg-server
> software (version 1.11.4), xf86-video-nouveau (git sources from an
> hour ago) and the result is that the xorg-server sometime spin in an
> infinite loop after anything from startup to 35 minutes after having
> started up (listening to House,MD dvd's prove to be a good test for
> the stability of the X server).
> the error occur at random and isn't found in my latest log (cmdline:
> startx &>nouveau.log.txt) but the rest of the kernel run fine because
> i press the power button normally (i.e. not holding it for 4 seconds)
> and the kernel initiate an acpi shutdown event on lockup.
> for the next test, I will try a stock 3.3.0-rc2 kernel (sans the
> nouveau git source) and report back. this will happen either tomorrow
> or during next week-end.
> Alain

And a different experience from me: works fine.

Specifically: vanilla linux 3.2.0, kernel side of the nouveau driver
is in [device drivers]->[staging drivers] (you first need to enable
experimental features in the menuconfig); Mesa-7.11 holds the actual
Gallium 3d implementation, still a work in progress but works, mostly;
Mesa requires libdrm (I use 2.4.26) which must be configured with
--enable-nouveau-experimental-api; and finally the appropriate video
driver for X server, xf86-video-nouveau. X server is version 1.11.1.

Cue this discussion being booted to blfs-dev for being off-topic.

The above setup has not generated any instability that I have been able
to note. I was even able to hook it up with wine and play some 3D
games, but with mixed results. Some (older) work, some (newer) don't.

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