Solution found: nvidia 180 dkms build failed

I couldn't switch to 2.6.28-13-generic Kernel on jaunty because the nvidia graphics driver kernel modules couldn't be compiled by dkms:

Examining /etc/kernel/postinst.d.
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/dkms
* Running DKMS auto installation service for kernel 2.6.28-13-generic
*  nvidia (180.44)...nvidia (180.44): Installing module.
.....(bad exit status: 6)
Build failed.  Installation skipped.

Today I finally had time to inspect the problem, and found out the reason, and a very simple fix as well. This happened because "patch" wasn't installed.

So, typing those two commands fixed all problems:

sudo apt-get install patch
sudo dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-2.6.28-13-generic

In case anyone is stuck in the same place, try it out and let me know if it worked ...


I need a 2-command solution to some of life's other problems. I wonder if these 2 commands will work. ;)

Congrats on getting the problem solved. I know the feeling (even if it's been a while since I've felt it myself).

Hey man, thanks a lot! I broke something pretty bad trying to get my display to work on an external monitor via docking station and spent the whole day trying to fix this. Your two commands saved the day! (Though, ideally, I should probably do some research and figure out what those commands are actually doing).