is responsible for the power saving function in laptops
during battery operation. Some of its features are also useful
for normal workstations and servers, such as suspend, standby,
ACPI button functionality, and putting IDE hard disks to sleep.
This package contains all power management features of your
computer. It supports hardware using ACPI, APM, IDE hard disks, and
SpeedStep technologies. The
functionalities from the packages
cpuspeed) have been consolidated
Daemons from these packages should not be run concurrently with
the powersave daemon.
Even if your system does not contain all the hardware elements listed above, use the powersave daemon for controlling the power saving function. Because ACPI and APM are mutually exclusive, you can only use one of these systems on your computer. The daemon automatically detects any changes in the hardware configuration.
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Information about the powersave package is also available in
Normally, the configuration of powersave is distributed to several files:
This file contains general settings for the powersave daemon. For
example, the amount of debug messages (in
/var/log/messages) can be increased by increasing
the value of the variable
The powersave daemon needs this file for processing system events. An
event can be assigned external actions or actions performed by the daemon
itself. For external actions, the daemon tries to run an executable file
/usr/lib/powersave/scripts/. Predefined internal
throttle slows down the processor by the
value defined in
This value depends on the current scheme.
dethrottle sets the processor to
trigger the system event for a sleep mode. These three actions
are generally responsible for triggering the sleep mode, but
they should always be associated with specific system events.
contains scripts for processing events:
Notification about an event by way of the console, X window, or acoustic signal.
Activates the screen saver.
Useful if the screen is displaced after a suspend or standby.
Saves the settings and logs out from GNOME, KDE, or other window managers.
Saves the GNOME or KDE settings and shuts down the system.
If, for example, the variable
do_suspend_to_disk" is set, the two scripts or actions are
processed in the specified order as soon as the user gives powersaved the
command for the sleep mode
suspend to disk. The daemon
runs the external script
After this script has been processed successfully, the daemon runs the
do_suspend_to_disk and sets the
computer to the sleep mode after the script has unloaded critical modules
and stopped services.
The actions for the event of a
sleep button could be modified as in
In this case, the user is informed about the suspend by the
notify. Subsequently, the
generated, resulting in the execution of the above-mentioned
actions and a secure system suspend mode.
notify can be customized using the
Contains variables for optimizing the dynamic CPU frequency settings.
Contains battery limits and other battery-specific settings.
In this file, activate the sleep modes and determine which critical modules should be unloaded and which services should be stopped prior to a suspend or standby event. When the system is resumed, these modules are reloaded and the services are restarted. You can even delay a triggered sleep mode (in order to be able to save files). The default settings mainly concern USB and PCMCIA modules. A failure of suspend or standby is usually caused by certain modules. See Section 16.5.4, “Troubleshooting” for more information about identifying the error.
Activates cooling and thermal control. Details about this
subject are available in the file
These are the various schemes that adapt the power consumption to certain deployment scenarios. A number of schemes are preconfigured and can be used as they are. Custom schemes can be saved here.
By default, the sleep modes are inactive, because they still do not work on some computers. There are three basic ACPI sleep modes and two APM sleep modes:
Saves the entire memory content to the hard disk. The computer is switched off completely and does not consume any power.
Saves the states of all devices to the main memory. Only the main memory continues consuming power.
Switches some devices off (manufacturer-dependent).
Make sure that the following default options are set in the
/etc/sysconfig/powersave/events for the
correct processing of suspend, standby, and resume
(default settings following the installation of SUSE LINUX):
POWERSAVE_EVENT_GLOBAL_SUSPEND2DISK= "prepare_suspend_to_disk do_suspend_to_disk" POWERSAVE_EVENT_GLOBAL_SUSPEND2RAM= "prepare_suspend_to_ram do_suspend_to_ram" POWERSAVE_EVENT_GLOBAL_STANDBY= "prepare_standby do_standby" POWERSAVE_EVENT_GLOBAL_RESUME_SUSPEND2DISK= "restore_after_suspend_to_disk" POWERSAVE_EVENT_GLOBAL_RESUME_SUSPEND2RAM= "restore_after_suspend_to_ram" POWERSAVE_EVENT_GLOBAL_RESUME_STANDBY= "restore_after_standby"
In the file
define three battery charge levels (in percent) that
trigger system alerts or specific actions when they
POWERSAVED_BATTERY_WARNING=20 POWERSAVED_BATTERY_LOW=10 POWERSAVED_BATTERY_CRITICAL=5
The actions or scripts to execute when the charge levels
drop under the specified limits are defined in the configuration
The standard actions for buttons can be modified
as described in Section 16.5.1, “Configuring the powersave Package”.
POWERSAVE_EVENT_BATTERY_NORMAL="ignore" POWERSAVE_EVENT_BATTERY_WARNING="notify" POWERSAVE_EVENT_BATTERY_LOW="notify" POWERSAVE_EVENT_BATTERY_CRITICAL="wm_shutdown"
The system behavior can be adapted to the type of power supply. The power consumption of the system should be reduced when the system is disconnected from the AC power supply and operated with the battery. Similarly, the performance should automatically increase as soon as the system is connected to the AC power supply. The CPU frequency, the power saving function of IDE, and a number of other parameters can be modified.
The actions to execute when the computer is disconnected
from or connected to the AC power supply are defined in
/etc/sysconfig/powersave/events. Select the
schemes to use in
The schemes are stored in files in
/etc/sysconfig/powersave. The filenames are in
scheme_name of the
scheme. The example refers to two schemes:
acoustic are preconfigured. Existing schemes can be
edited, created, deleted, or associated with different power supply states
with the help of the YaST power management module (see Section 16.6, “The YaST Power Management Module”).
If you use ACPI, you can control the response of your system to
ACPI buttons (power, sleep,
lid open, and lid closed).
Configure execution of the actions
Refer to this configuration file for an explanation of the
When the power button is pressed, the system responds by shutting down the respective window manager (KDE, GNOME, fvwm, etc.).
When the sleep button is pressed, the system is set to the suspend-to-disk mode.
Nothing happens when the lid is opened.
When the lid is closed, the screen saver is activated.
Further throttling of the CPU performance is possible if the CPU
load does not exceed a specified limit for a specified time.
Specify the load limit in
and the time-out in
All error messages and alerts are logged in the file
/var/log/messages. If you cannot find the needed
information, increase the verbosity of the messages of powersave using
DEBUG in the file
/etc/sysconfig/powersave/common. Increase the value of
the variable to
7 or even
restart the daemon. The more detailed error messages in
/var/log/messages should help you to find the error.
The following sections cover the most common problems with powersave.
If you experience problems with ACPI, use the following command to search
the output of dmesg for ACPI-specific messages:
-i acpi. A BIOS update may
be required to resolve the problem. Go to the home page of your laptop
manufacturer, look for an updated BIOS version, and install it. Ask the
manufacturer to comply with the latest ACPI specification. If the errors
persist after the BIOS update, proceed as follows to replace the faulty
DSDT table in your BIOS with an updated DSDT:
Download the DSDT for your system from http://acpi.sourceforge.net/dsdt/tables. Check
if the file is decompressed and compiled as shown by the
.aml (ACPI machine language).
If this is the case, continue with step 3.
If the file extension of the downloaded table is
.asl (ACPI source language), it must be compiled with
pmtools). To do
this, enter the command iasl
file.asl. The latest
version of iasl (Intel ACPI compiler) is available at http://developer.intel.com/technology/iapc/acpi/downloads.htm.
Copy the file
DSDT.aml to any location
/etc/DSDT.aml is recommended). Edit
/etc/sysconfig/kernel and adapt the path to the DSDT
file accordingly. Start mkinitrd (package
mkinitrd). Whenever you uninstall the
kernel and use mkinitrd to create an
initrd, the modified DSDT is integrated and loaded
when the system is booted.
Refer to the kernel sources (
to see if your processor is supported. You may need a special
kernel module or module option to activate CPU frequency control. This
is available in
If a special module or module option is needed, configure it in
/etc/sysconfig/powersave/cpufreq by means of
There are several kernel-related problems that prevent the use of suspend and standby on ACPI systems:
Currently, systems with more than 1 GB RAM do not support suspend.
Currently, multiprocessor systems and systems with a P4 processor (with hyperthreading) do not support suspend.
The error may also be due to a faulty DSDT implementation (BIOS). If this is the case, install a new DSDT.
On ACPI and APM systems: When the system tries to unload faulty modules,
the system is arrested or the suspend event is not triggered. The same can
also happen if you do not unload modules or stop services that prevent a
successful suspend. In both cases, try to identify the faulty module that
prevented the sleep mode. The log files generated by the powersave daemon
/var/log/sleep mode are
very helpful in this regard. If the computer does not enter the sleep mode,
the cause lies in the last module unloaded. Manipulate the following
/etc/sysconfig/powersave/sleep to unload
problematic modules prior to a suspend or standby.
POWERSAVE_UNLOAD_MODULES_BEFORE_SUSPEND2DISK="" POWERSAVE_UNLOAD_MODULES_BEFORE_SUSPEND2RAM="" POWERSAVE_UNLOAD_MODULES_BEFORE_STANDBY="" POWERSAVE_SUSPEND2DISK_RESTART_SERVICES="" POWERSAVE_SUSPEND2RAM_RESTART_SERVICES="" POWERSAVE_STANDBY_RESTART_SERVICES=""
If you use suspend or standby in changing network environments or in
connection with remotely mounted file systems, such as Samba and NIS, use
automounter to mount them or add the respective services, for example,
nfs, in the above-mentioned
variable. If an application accesses the remotely mounted file system prior
to a suspend or standby, the service cannot be stopped correctly and the
file system cannot be unmounted properly. After resuming the system, the
file system may be corrupt and must be remounted.
With ACPI, the operating system can request the BIOS to send a
message when the battery charge level drops under a certain limit. The
advantage of this method is that the battery state does not need to be
polled constantly, which would impair the performance of the computer.
However, this notification may not take place when the charge level drops
under the specified limit, even though the BIOS supposedly supports this
feature. If this happens on your system, set the variable
POWERSAVED_FORCE_BATTERY_POLLING in the file
yes to force battery polling.