Accidental blanking and gnome-power-manager

Okay, after having F11 g-p-m blank the screen on me whilst watching some short videos in totem yesterday, I got really angry. It seems lots of other people feel the same way. I’ve audited all the IDLETIME code in gnome-power-manager multiple times, and when I’ve run it in a console and watched the output, it […]

gnome-power-manager and gnome session icon bug

gnome-power-manager shows a GtkStatusIcon of the battery state. When gnome-power-manager is launched from gnome-session at login time, the icon is not shown on the panel, even though the icon name is set and it’s set visible. It isn’t shown even doing by setting the filename icon again and doing gtk_status_icon_set_visible() several seconds after starting. gtk_status_icon_is_embedded() […]

gnome-power-manager and processor wakeups

Powertop is a great tool. Is does however have some disadvantages: ncurses GUI You have to run it as root It gives you hardcore suggestions that you have to do manually, which in turn disable bits of the desktop You can only run one instance of powertop at a time, else you get crazy readings […]

gnome-power-manager and buttons

Another change coming in 2-27 – gnome-power-manager will stop listening to HAL for button events. Peter has been rocking with evdev over the last few months and now all the multimedia buttons come up through both X and HAL. g-p-m has to filter the second button, and mostly this works well. Some distros are still […]

Inhibits, and the new world order

Once upon a time there were three inhibit API’s: HAL: system-wide locks on suspend, hibernate and shutdown gnome-power-manager: session inhibit for idle suspend and hibernate gnome-screensaver: session inhibit for screen blanking and DPMS Obviously, this has a few big flaws: An application might have to inhibit three services, using slightly different methods gnome-screensaver has to […]

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