I’m currently struggling to figure out, how mhwd (or by extension, the graphical tool based on it) is supposed to be able to update Nvidia Graphics drivers.
When I try to run
sudo mhwd -i pci video-nvidia-450xx I get the following error:
Has lib32 support: true Sourcing /var/lib/mhwd/db/pci/graphic_drivers/nvidia-450xx/MHWDCONFIG Processing classid: 0300 Sourcing /var/lib/mhwd/scripts/include/0300 Processing classid: 0302 checking dependencies... error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies) :: removing nvidia-440xx-utils breaks dependency 'nvidia-utils' required by cuda :: removing nvidia-440xx-utils breaks dependency 'nvidia-utils' required by nvtop :: removing nvidia-440xx-utils breaks dependency 'nvidia-utils' required by python-pycuda Error: pacman failed!
In other topics on this forum, people usually recommend to just remove the packages that depend on nvidia-utils, use mhwd to upgrade the driver and reinstall all previously removed packages.
The problem with that solution for me is, that as a deep learning researcher, I have lots of packages depending on nvidia-utils.
Trying to remove CUDA alone would break dependencies for python-pycuda, python-tensorflow-opt-cuda, tensorflow-opt-cuda, magma and python-pytorch-opt-cuda - and by extension everything that is depending on tensorflow or pytorch.
Nearly my complete software development stack would be required to be removed and reinstalled, which is a pretty scary thing.
The basic reason for useing a package manager is to not have to do this stuff.
I came from Archlinux, where I simply updated my NVIDIA-Driver using pacman and the nvidia package.
If mhwd isn’t capable of doing this, it’s essentially faulty in my opinion.
So, I understand, that there will be pretty much no other way around reinstalling all the stuff that depends on the NVIDIA-Driver or just stay on the old driver. Maybe I set up something wrong, when using mhwd.
To prevent having to do this again, whenever I want to upgrade the driver, I would like to switch to some rolling nvidia package instead - this way I wouldn’t need mhwd anymore and could just use pacman.
Does some option for this exist?