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SubjectRe: kapm-idled no longer idling CPU?

On 30-Nov-2001 Alan Cox wrote:
>> application that uses more than very minor system resources is running,
>> (i.e. mozilla, netscape, xemacs, apache, Tomcat, just to name a few
>> common ones I've seen this behaviour with) kapm-idled no longer receives
>> scheduling time from what I can tell and I assume that means my CPU is
>> never getting idled when nothing is scheduled.
> kapm_idled will get scheduling time when there is nothing else to run,
> whether it wants it or is using it is more of the question.

Well, that's exactly the problem. in apm_mainloop the following happens:

timeout = 2 * timeout;
if (timeout > APM_CHECK_TIMEOUT)


if (!system_idle())


if (apm_do_idle() != -1) {


timeout = 1;

This just means that after a busy condition we start at 1 and increase the
scheduling delay until the timeout reaches HZ.

system_idle itself just checks, if nr_running is 1. This means that if any
single other process is runnable every HZ time when apm_idled checks the system
state it won't switch to idle state even if the system is otherwise idle. I do
see this behaviour e.g. all the time with KDE.

Just create a process that does a select timeout every HZ and down the drain
goes your laptop battery, when the select call meets kapm-idled polling time.

Andreas Steinmetz
D.O.M. Datenverarbeitung GmbH
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