[Pkg-acpi-devel] Bug#593376: acpi-support: use the shell (buitins), Luke :)

Cristian Ionescu-Idbohrn cristian.ionescu-idbohrn at axis.com
Tue Aug 17 17:44:17 UTC 2010

Package: acpi-support
Version: 0.137-4
Severity: wishlist

Posixfication and speed: some ideas in the attached patch.
Lots of scripts do things in an inefficient way, and should benefit from
being rewritten.

Take, for example, the latest addition which closes bug #589625. Think
lower performant CPU:s (like laptops, netbooks, embedded and others).
The attached (somewhat annotated) patch is a PoC that saves a few CPU

Do not fork and use pipes if there's a perfect builtin for the job.
Do not go rounds testing on '$?' if it can be done in one go.
'read' compared to 'cat' is some 30x more efficient.  Specially fitted for
1 line files.

Lots of other scripts would benefit from similar treatment.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages acpi-support depends on:
ii  acpi-fakekey                  0.137-4    tool to generate fake key events
ii  acpi-support-base             0.137-4    scripts for handling base ACPI eve
ii  acpid                         1:2.0.6-1  Advanced Configuration and Power I
ii  lsb-base                      3.2-23.1   Linux Standard Base 3.2 init scrip
ii  pm-utils                      1.3.0-2    utilities and scripts for power ma
ii  x11-xserver-utils             7.5+2      X server utilities

Versions of packages acpi-support recommends:
ii  dbus                          1.2.24-3   simple interprocess messaging syst
pn  radeontool                    <none>     (no description available)
ii  vbetool                       1.1-2      run real-mode video BIOS code to a
pn  xscreensaver | gnome-screensa <none>     (no description available)

Versions of packages acpi-support suggests:
ii  rfkill                        0.4-1      tool for enabling and disabling wi
ii  xinput                        1.5.2-1    Runtime configuration and test of

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