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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Map volume and brightness events on thinkpads
On Monday, October 15, 2007 2:07 pm Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> We should fix the backlight class to be more useful and support
> poll() or somesuch, for userspace to track the backlight level in a
> resource-friendly way for OSD (the only sane thing to do on an IBM
> thinkpad with such events). And an ALSA mixer to provide a proper
> path to the thinkpad-acpi volume functionality is also in my schedule
> for 2.6.25.
> As for Lenovo thinkpads, brightness control is to be processed by the
> ACPI video module, so brightness hot keys are not to be reported by
> default there either. I am not so sure about the volume keys, but
> your patch touches the IBM keymap *and* you provide no testing
> information for the various Lenovo models, so I have to NAK it as
> well until more information is available.

No, on Lenovo (and in general actually) the firmware should *not* touch
the backlight. Otherwise if another driver touches it the driver and
firmware will be out of sync, causing unexpected and undesirable
behavior. We intend to fix this for the Intel driver at least
(requiring both ACPI video driver and gfx driver updates), others will
probably follow eventually.

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