Is nvram-wakeup still developed and maintained?

Thomas Schmidt tschmidt at
Thu Jun 19 21:40:31 UTC 2008


Am Donnerstag, den 19.06.2008, 09:00 +0200 schrieb Petter Reinholdtsen:
> Hi.  I recently rediscovered the advantages of nvram-wakeup, in
> concert with my package shutdown-at-night, which turn unused clients
> automatically off at night and wake them up again in the morning.  The
> wakeup part uses either nvram-wakeup or wake-on-lan from a server.
> The nvram-wakeup solution is the most elegant one, as it do not
> require a server.

This is exactly what it is designed for, i guess most people like me are
using it to wakeup their digital video recoders automatically before a
scheduled recording starts, vdr then will shutdown the machine after the
recording, if no user-input was done during recording. It is just a very
elegant way to save a lot of power. :)

> Because of this, I care about the state of nvram-wakeup in Debian, and
> looking at the bug list, it seem to be mostly unmaintained.  Is this
> true?  Checking out upstream, it seem to be dead there too.  Is there
> any development going on upstream that is not reflected in the mailing
> lists?  Support for several new computer models are only in the Debian
> package, and patches for more is in the Debian bug tracking system,
> <URL:>.  The upstream mailing list
> is filled with spam, and I was unable to find any project related post
> for several years.

Well, i have not checked the upstream page for a long time, one reason
for the more or less dead upstream might be the improving support for
the acpi-wakeup system, which can be used via /proc/acpi/alarm or
something simmiliar, this should work on most modern systems, but i have
not yet tested this wakeup-method myself. There is also a unofficial
debian-package vdr-addon-acpiwakeup which provides hooks for the
seamless integration with vdr, see:

@Tobias: Maybe we should add the package to the debian archive in the
near future, what do you think?

@Petter: If you want to improve the nvram-wakeup package, every help is
welcome. If you want, i can add you to the VDR Team and give you svn
commit rights!? :)


Thomas Schmidt, Debian VDR Team
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