[Bug 258264] Following handbook on nvidia drivers makes system get stuck on boot.

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Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2022 05:11:23 UTC

--- Comment #4 from Graham Perrin <grahamperrin@gmail.com> ---
(In reply to Danilo G. Baio from comment #3)

A few thoughts. 


> pkg-message must contain only information that is vital to setup and 
> operation on FreeBSD, and that is unique to the port in question.

<https://www.freshports.org/x11/nvidia-driver/#message> there's a paragraph
across eight lines about linux_enable="YES", which is not unique to any driver
for NVIDIA. 

Instead, consider a more concise reference to: 

The installed README (from NVIDIA) is thorough, however more than sixty-two
thousand words on a single page is probably a turn-off for a significant
proportion of users. 

Moreover, it's better to have sight of a README prior to installation. 

Paginated HTML e.g. (for the currently ported version)
<https://http.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/FreeBSD-x86_64/470.86/README/> is
more user-friendly. 

The FreeBSD Handbook might usefully refer to
<https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/drivers/unix/> with hints: 

* to scroll down to the FreeBSD x64 section to find what's 
  closest to the currently ported version

* to then find the README under ADDITIONAL INFORMATION; and 
  to _not_ download the driver from NVIDIA's site if the intention is 
  to install the port

  – NVIDIA drivers in the FreeBSD ports collection benefit from 
    specialist maintainance.

(Words to that effect.)


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