Re: Making the power button smarter?
Derek Broughton wrote:
From: "Brian Kendig" <email@example.com>
It looks like 'acpi' is just for compatibility with the old 'apm'
Everything I've seen makes it quite clear that acpi is the replacement
for apm, so I'm not sure where you'd get that idea.
I got this idea from the description of the acpi package, which says
'Attempts to replicate the functionality of the old apm command on ACPI
sysems.' Sorry for having misunderstood; thanks for setting me
But, that said, I've still got some confusion about apm/acpi that a web
search hasn't cleared up, so more guidance would be appreciated. :)
- apm was the 'old' interface for handling power management, and acpi
is the 'new' interface, right? Does the PC's BIOS determine which one
of these the PC supports, and it won't support the other? I ask
because I searched for info on my Dell Latitude CPi D266XT, and I've
found reference to people using apm and/or acpi on it, and I'm not sure
how that is. My laptop's BIOS setup screen makes reference to power
conservation features which 'have no effect under ACPI operating
- Or is the choice between apm and acpi handled entirely by whether
support for it is compiled into the kernel? I'm using the standard
Debian kernel 2.4.19 package, and when I run 'acpi' it tells me 'No
ACPI support in kernel, or incorrect acpi_path ("/proc/acpi").' I'm
not familiar with building kernels, so I'm hesitant to do it for fear
of making something else stop working. Why wouldn't acpi support be
compiled into the distribution kernel?
I had the apm packages and the acpi packages installed -- thinking
there might be a conflict, I tried uninstalling the apm packages, but
that hasn't changed the message I get when I run 'acpi'.
Many thanks in advance for helping clear this up!