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Re: Installing nvidia-driver removes xorg

Gregory Sharp schreef op 2018-11-08 19:01:
I am currently running stretch with the nvidia display driver.  The
nvidia-driver package is not installed. Instead, the nvidia-kernel-dkms
package and other packages needed for the display driver and CUDA are

While attempting an upgrade to CUDA 9 in backport, I learned that installing nvidia-driver (either version: 384.130 or 390.87) would uninstall xorg, gdm3,
libreoffice, and many other seemingly useful packages.


1) Why should xorg be uninstalled when nvidia-driver is installed?

2) What might be a recommended upgrade path for me?

From bug 903770 [1]:

... the nvidia packages in stretch-backports now require mesa+libglvnd
from stretch-backports.

You could try to install mesa, libglvnd and xorg from backports first.

[1] https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=903770