Weird downstream Power Manager changes?

Dylan McCall dylanmccall at
Tue Jun 3 16:06:40 BST 2008

On Tue, 2008-06-03 at 16:33 +0200, Oliver Grawert wrote:
> hi,
> Am Dienstag, den 03.06.2008, 07:21 -0700 schrieb Dylan McCall:
> > Power Management Preferences has been needlessly crippled. The sliders
> > to control when the computer sleeps and when the display sleeps all have
> > a lower limit of "21 minutes".
> do you have gnome-screensaver installed ? thats no "downstream patching"
> thats the default behavior if gnome-screenasver has a 20min limit set we
> never touched that area of either gss or gpm.
> ciao
> 	oli

Aha! Sorry about the double post. Just realized that the minimum is idle
time + 1 minute, which probably makes sense somewhere. (Except for the 1
minute part?!). Still, the fact that this basic setting of timers needed
research to figure out suggests a need for some reorganizing. Firstly,
idle time should be set in gnome-power-preferences, not just
gnome-screensaver-preferences, if it has such a widespread impact.
Furthermore, I think it is problematic that the idle time cannot be set
differently for when on battery as opposed to when on AC power, again
because of its tie to screensaver time. Perhaps this would make more
sense if idle did not automatically trigger the screensaver, instead
with another timer to handle that.

Come to think of it, I am also a little confused by what "idle" means
here. There is "dim display when idle", which seems to have an opinion
of its own for when idle is, dimming the screen after what seems a few
seconds of inactivity. It does not wait for the idle time that
everything else seems to be tethered to.

This is all assuming "idle time + 1" actually makes sense
infrastructure-wise. I am assuming here that we somehow need
gnome-screensaver to trigger these actions. If not, what of use does
"idle" do, anyway, other than control the controls?

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