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SubjectRe: kapm-idled no longer idling CPU?
On Thu, 29 Nov 2001, Derek Glidden wrote:

> I posted this question about a month ago, but haven't seen a response
> since, so I'm reposting.
>
> I'm having a problem with all recent 2.4 systems that when any
> 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.

I always had that problem though. Doesn't it only set kapmd-idled running
if the CPU has been idle for at least 1/3 second, though?

> I'm pretty sure this is a legit problem and not just kapm-idled
> reporting its time incorrectly since my laptop has gone from about 2-1/2
> hours of battery life in early 2.4 versions to less than 1 hour of
> battery life under the same conditions for recent kernels. Plus, if I
> exit everything until I'm just sitting at a shell prompt, I'll see
> kapm-idled start to receive time again. (Of course, the laptop isn't
> much fun when it's not running anything...)
>
> I've seen this on a number of laptops and desktop machines since about
> 2.4.9 or so.

Mmmm, my dell insp. 4000 is now running at 53 degrees (2.4.16 - mozilla
and xemacs open) - it used to run a lot cooler, even with just 2.4.13-ac4.
This is with me doing absolutely nothing.

And integrated over the uptime of the laptop, kapmd-idled seems to only be
using about 30% CPU compared to the old 50% (and 90% with an old kernel -
but that could have been that bug detected a while back)

Of course, I just remembered we have just entered summer, and this room is
damn hot - but I wouldn't expect a laptop getting so hot it needs to turn
the fan on, when doing _nothing_!


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