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Old 11-09-06, 04:05 AM   #1
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Default (1.0-9742) Unable to determine the nvidia kernel module filename (fixed)

I'm having trouble installing the newest beta version on Ubuntu 6.10 amd64; the previous version installed no problem.

When I attempt to build the kernel module, the installer displays the following error:

"Error: unable to determine the NVIDIA kernel module filename."

in the background, I see:
:896: ==: unexpected operator
make[1]: Makefile: no such file or directory
make[1]: *** no rule to make target `Makefile'. Stop.
make: *** [print-module-filename] Error 2
I have installed the latest kernel headers ( apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` ) as well as the kernel source.

cat /var/log/nvidia-installer.log:
nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Thu Nov  9 01:19:08 2006

option status:
  license pre-accepted    : false
  update                  : false
  force update            : false
  expert                  : false
  uninstall               : false
  driver info             : false
  precompiled interfaces  : true
  no ncurses color        : false
  query latest version    : false
  OpenGL header files     : true
  no questions            : false
  silent                  : false
  no recursion            : false
  no backup               : false
  kernel module only      : false
  sanity                  : false
  add this kernel         : false
  no runlevel check       : false
  no network              : false
  no ABI note             : false
  no RPMs                 : false
  no kernel module        : false
  force SELinux           : default
  no X server check       : false
  force tls               : (not specified)
  force compat32 tls      : (not specified)
  X install prefix        : (not specified)
  X library install path  : (not specified)
  X module install path   : (not specified)
  OpenGL install prefix   : (not specified)
  OpenGL install libdir   : (not specified)
  compat32 install chroot : (not specified)
  compat32 install prefix : (not specified)
  compat32 install libdir : (not specified)
  utility install prefix  : (not specified)
  utility install libdir  : (not specified)
  doc install prefix      : (not specified)
  kernel name             : (not specified)
  kernel include path     : (not specified)
  kernel source path      : (not specified)
  kernel output path      : (not specified)
  kernel install path     : (not specified)
  proc mount point        : /proc
  ui                      : (not specified)
  tmpdir                  : /tmp
  ftp mirror              :
  RPM file list           : (not specified)

Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> License accepted.
-> There appears to already be a driver installed on your system (version: 1.0-
   9625).  As part of installing this driver (version: 1.0-9742), the existing 
   driver will be uninstalled.  Are you sure you want to continue? ('no' will a
   bort installation) (Answer: Yes)
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; would you li
   ke the installer to attempt to download a kernel interface for your kernel f
   rom the NVIDIA ftp site ( (Answer: Yes)
-> No matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site;
   this means that the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for
   your kernel.
-> Performing CC sanity check with CC="cc".
-> Performing CC version check with CC="cc".
-> Kernel source path: '/lib/modules/2.6.17-10-generic/build'
-> Kernel output path: '/lib/modules/2.6.17-10-generic/build'
-> Performing rivafb check.
-> Performing nvidiafb check.
ERROR: Unable to determine the NVIDIA kernel module filename.
ERROR: Installation has failed.  Please see the file
       '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details.  You may find suggestions
       on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux
       driver download page at
Thanks for any suggestions!

Last edited by jwkfs; 11-09-06 at 12:46 PM.
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