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causing the system to sleep or hybernate by code

Posted on 2004-09-13
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hi, is there any system call, or function on the C libraries to make the system sleep or hyernate?
if there is, any examples?

basically i'm trying to create a small command line program that will perform only that action, as part of a bigger program.

thanks, any help is appreciated.
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by:sunnycoder
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I do not think there is an API ... there was some ongoing work but I do not think it has been finished yet. You can check the latest kernel release to see if the support has been included on experimental basis. If not, then you will have to modify the kernel in order to add this feature
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by:NovaDenizen
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You need to use ACPI.  The ACPI project has a sourceforge site at http://acpi.sourceforge.net/

Make sure you have ACPI compiled into your kernel.  If you dowload and install pmtools, you will have some utilities that help you deal with the arcane innards of acpi.

Some computers only support ACPI, and some only support APM.  ACPI for kernel 2.6 has a different system-level interface than that for 2.4 kernels.  2.4 kernels don't support suspend-to-ram.  

To directly interact with ACPI, you read from and write to the relevant interface files under /proc/acpi/ (for 2.4 kernels) or /sys/power/ (for 2.6 kernels).

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by:urif
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i actually found this:

xset dpms force (standby|suspend|off)

it worked on a normal deskopt pc, but not on the laptop.

it's weird tho that i need to recompile the kernel for such a thing
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I believe dpms is just the energystar feature for the monitor.  That may have been what you meant, but you asked about putting parts of your system to sleep, and for that you need ACPI.

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by:urif
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if that's the only solution then i think i'll quit here. i don't want to recompile kernels, do all kind of system adjustment to be able to send the system to standby... that's ridiculous.

thanks anyway
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