Solaris 10 11/06 and NVIDIA video drivers: Missing symlinks

I recently learned that there's a small glitch in the combination of Solaris 10 11/06 and the latest NVIDIA drivers for Solaris on x64/x86 machines.

Apparently, there has been a change in packaging the MesaGL libraries in OpenSolaris which is also reflected in the Nevada and Solaris Express builds. But that change has not yet made it into Solaris 10 11/06.

This means that if you run Solaris 10 11/06 and install the latest NVIDIA drivers from their homepage, the symlinks that replace the MesaGL libraries with the hardware accelerated NVIDIA OpenGL ones will not be created correctly and thus your 3D applications will remain running slow.

See Bug 6530074 for details and a workaround. It contains a small script that will fix the symlinks and your 3D app should then be working fast again. Meanwhile, our NVIDIA driver team is working on a patch to fix the problem.

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