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Switching from laptop-mode-tools to tlp

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I’ve always used laptop-mode-tools on Ubuntu to enance the power consumption on my laptop. It worked fairly well but one thing it didn’t do too wel is handling suspend/resume. After a resume laptop-mode-tools was often confused in which state the laptop was (on ac / on battery). I tried to tweak the behavior but I couldn’t really get it working reliably

Thats’s why I decided to try out tlp (Thinkpad Laptop Power?). Different to the name suggests, it’s not only useable on Thinkpad’s but on every kind of laptop.

One disadvantage is that you have to install a PPA to get the tlp packages. After this minor action I did a apt-get install tlp and started configuring it. It was quick confgured (even quicker then laptop-mode-tools) and after a suspend it seemed tlp was smarter about that then laptop-mode-tools.

Disabling services based on ac/battery power was a feature of laptop-mode-tools but not of tlp. Hower, pm-utils (power.d) supported this feature so that was also quickly fixed.

In a quick overview this is how I got the enabling/disabling of services on ac/battery working with pm-utils:

  • install this helper script to /usr/local/lib/pm-utils/power.d/toggle_service
  • symlink /etc/pm/power.d/$service-name to /usr/local/lib/pm-utils/power.d/toggle_service

Done! If you’re familiar with ansible you can check a role I wrote for tlp:

If anyone has any questions: please let behind a comment.