[Pkg-acpi-devel] Bug#521280: acpid does support netlink, so the problem only affects thinkpad-acpi

Henrique de Moraes Holschuh hmh at debian.org
Thu Mar 26 15:44:32 UTC 2009

Well, I just looked at the most up-to-date acpid, and it supports netlink.

Therefore, the issue is just that thinkpad-acpi wants you to get hotkeys
from the input layer since kernel 2.6.23, and now finally the borrowed time
is over in Debian installs, with the procfs event delivery being shut off.

What I wrote about a thinkpad-apci backwards compatibility mode was slightly
incorrect...  teaches me to trust memories over one year old about stuff I
never had to look back at, before writing something.  The non-hotkey events
go over netlink, yes.  But hotkeys go only over the input device, where they
belong, and there is no driver switch to mess with that.

This means that all configs that use acpid to process thinkpad-acpi hotkeys
will break, and need to be ported over to HAL or something else that binds
to input devices.

I think these bugs can be tagged "wontfix", and we just deal with it as the
usual perils of using "unstable" and "testing".  It is probably a good idea
to leave them open in the BTS for a while, in hopes that people will read
them before filing more bugs.

I don't think it affects any Debian standard config, but it will affect most
of the local configs by end-users.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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