[Feature request] PowerManagement and idle detection and powersaving
topfs2 at xboxmediacenter.com
Tue May 11 08:31:50 PDT 2010
I see this from XBMC standpoint which is able to be a session or just an
application, we flag when its session so its no biggie to know when to
handle it. however, this means that if XBMC is not in charge of it we need
to see if we have KDE, Gnome etc. etc. underneath to report to. This
complicates stuff somewhat and makes it highly unlikely to be implemented by
a daemon. I know xbmc is not alone in this regard as tvheadend (dvr daemon)
does not have any power handling since there is no system wide, standardized
daemon to report to, if there was they would but they don't want to check
for every possible session daemon out there, which IMO is understandable.
Anyways, the ping idea was merely one way to do it, if its considered
traffic intense inhibit is equally good except if the application that
inhibited crashes. But I did not think of the power consumption, so inhibit
is probably better I agree.
IMO any app that inhibits or tells session that its not idle could extremely
easy report to a system wide version instead, but since there exist only one
to report to its much more likely that applications or daemons will report
to it. If a daemon, like samba, does not report to the system daemon nothing
has changed it doesn't report to the session deamon as it is now so its not
like anything have changed in this regard. Afaik this is how any of the
other bigger operating system works, granted they only have one session to
And if the computer suspend on user-idle and had no samba connection when
suspending, the system did IMO a correct thing, it was fully idle when
I won't argue if you guys disagree, as a user that sets up a NAS that I want
to powersave I see this as a big problem and something that could have
easily been solved if there was a system wide daemon. In this even Xss won't
work since active is not when input reacts, it never will do, but when
samba, dvr or the mailserver do something. What I want to come down to is
that I really don't see how its the sessions job to handle the systems
power, especiall since its plausible to have more than one session (granted
you never will do powersave on a multisession system).
On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 5:10 PM, Dario Freddi <drf54321 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tuesday 11 May 2010 16:56:50 Tobias Arrskog wrote:
> > For 1) I'd say define "idle" as being the abscent of "active". So "ping"
> > every X seconds when the system is active.
> > For example, XServer could ping UPower on input changes (mouse movement,
> > key presses etc.).
> This definitely belongs to the desktop/whatever is handling powermanagement
> session wise. You might want to look into XSync to see how you can retrieve
> the idle time from X - both KDE and GNOME use this (or XSS) to find out
> user idle time.
> > Samba Daemon could ping UPower on active connection.
> > Session (gnome, kde ...) could ping on IO operations, GStreamer could
> > on playback. PVR Daemons could ping on recording or reading of recording.
> It's quite unrealistic to get every application signaling stuff to
> (which, however, should not be upower), also because this would come at a
> cost, which is a lot of wakeups (ironically, this higly impacts on power
> consumption). The only way to get proper information about idle time is
> X, even if this covers only user input.
> And, as Richard said, there's always inhibition. This is what applications
> doing lenghty and delicate jobs should use - but watch out for abuse. Your
> users might end up hating you if they expected their PC to suspend and find
> dead after a while instead.
> > As it is now the session, application or daemon need to do this. For
> > example mythbackend has an idle detection and a user need to supply a
> > script that tells if it is idle. I would say that this is something that
> > could be done once and done correct instead of all that needs it do it.
> > For 2) perhaps a difference in the level of "active" would apply? for
> > example a noninterruptable active could never make the machine idle, and
> > perhaps a screensaver could be regarded as a little active?
> > I do agree though that it would be possible to get false idle but I would
> > say that it would be far simpler in the end if samba could ping that its
> > active since as it is now the computer would shutdown if set so in gnome
> > and I don't move my mouse even if a friend streams from my samba share.
> > Tobias.
> > On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 3:08 PM, Richard Hughes <hughsient at gmail.com>
> > > On 11 May 2010 13:53, Tobias Arrskog <topfs2 at xboxmediacenter.com>
> > > > When dealing with PowerManagement in XBMC I've noticed that on linux
> > > > side there really doesn't seem to be a general daemon or manager that
> > > > can
> > >
> > > handle
> > >
> > > > if the system is idle or not, this leaves every session to handle it
> > > > themself.
> > >
> > > Two problems:
> > >
> > > 1. Define "idle"
> > > 2. What happens if the computer goes idle (screen power off / server
> > > powerdown) affects how you define 1).
> > >
> > > Richard.
> Dario Freddi
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