Fedora philosophy (was ATI video comes out of the closet)

Chris Jones jonesc at hep.phy.cam.ac.uk
Mon Sep 10 19:43:51 UTC 2007

> Admittedly I haven't tried in a while but I was well aware of the RPMs
> at livna however the problem is that we run several proprietary
> applications (Softimage XSI, Maya etc) which make all manor of
> assumptions about what libraries are where. IIRC livna essentially
> places the libs in a separate location and adds that to the ld.so.conf
> file in a system friendly manner, unlike the NVidia installer which
> backs up your existing GL libs and replaces them with its own.

Yes, that is essentially what the livna rpm does. I think it does a little 
more than that, some service now runs at boot up which dynamically enables 
the nvidia libraries + xorg.conf on the fly, so if for instance for some 
reason the kernel mod isn't available at boot time the fallback nv driver 
works as expected.

> XSI and 
> Maya don't care and will simply use the default which leads to a segfault.

by the by, but sounds like these apps make some assumptions they shouldn't... 
They should respect the ld.so.conf changes...


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