[Pkg-acpi-devel] Bug#766991: Bug#766991: acpid: does not process events

Josh Triplett josh at joshtriplett.org
Wed Nov 5 14:36:47 UTC 2014

On Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:52:27 +0100 Michael Biebl <biebl at debian.org> wrote:
> Am 05.11.2014 um 14:25 schrieb Norbert Preining:
> > Hi TEd, hi Michael (Meskes),
> > 
> >> override_dh_systemd_enable:
> >>        dh_systemd_enable --no-enable debian/acpid.service
> >>        dh_systemd_enable debian/acpid.socket
> > 
> > That --no-enable should probably removed in the rules file.
> > There are more kernel modules out there (thinkpad?...) that
> > send acpi events via the kernel, thus not starting the
> > acpid would disable all of them.
> Well, the kernel events are not disabled if acpid is not running. I
> think what you meant can be summarised as:
> There are different use cases for acpid:
> a/ dispatching acpi events via /run/acpid.socket. Those events are
> consumed by 3rd party applications which read from the socket file.
> Using systemd socket activation means, acpid is only started on demand
> if there is actually a consumer requiring acpid.
> E.g. traditionally, this was the way, Xorg read ACPI events.
> b/ acpid's internal event processing which calls (shell) scripts on
> certain events which are defined in /etc/acpi/.
> I assume Norbert is using acpid in mode b/, so what he noticed was, that
> his shell scripts in /etc/acpi/ were not processed as he apparently
> doesn't have a service which triggers the start of acpid by reading from
> /run/acpid.socket.

If acpid needs to run to manage scripts in /etc/acpi/events/, then in
addition to the acpid.socket file, you should also ship an acpid.path
file, containing:



That will then cause systemd to automatically activate acpid.service
whenever /etc/acpi/events/ becomes non-empty, in addition to
acpid.socket which will activate acpid.service whenever anything
connects to the acpid socket.

- Josh Triplett

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