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Old 02-21-04, 02:52 PM   #5
zander
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Unfortunately, there isn't much the NVIDIA installer can do about the ld requirement, interfacing with a Linux kernel requires building glue code for that specific kernel; the .run packages include precompiled object files matching a number of kernels to make the process of installing a suitable NVIDIA kernel module as transparent a process as possible with commonly used kernels, but nvidia-installer still requries a minimal tool chain in order to be able to link the precompiled glue code and the binary core into a loadable kernel module. The installer can check if ld is available and warn if it isn't, but the number and diversity of GNU/Linux distributions alone makes anything beyond that unfeasible. It would be wonderful if users never had to deal with these technical details, but for now, at least, it can't be helped.
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