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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/4] thinkpad_acpi: Add support for controlling charge thresholds
On Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 08:10:03PM -0200, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> On Sat, 28 Dec 2013, Julian Andres Klode wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 02:56:29PM +0100, Julian Andres Klode wrote:
> > > This patch series adds support for specifying charging thresholds,
> > > forcing a battery to discharge, and inhibiting charging, on ThinkPad
> > > Laptops using Sandy Bridge or newer processors.
> >
> > Henrique, it would be really great if you could take a look.
> I did. I just did not manage to finish looking over it, it is not really
> okay as-is, mostly because it did not create a power-supply device and
> properly extended that thing in a generic way, which would be vastly
> preferable to adding yet another private interface.

Thanks for the response.

I think that a more generic approach is a good idea, but
I don't think creating a new power supply device would be the right
choice because this controls existing supplies rather than being a
supply in itself, and I am not aware of any other kind of power
supply device that allows setting things.

We could extend the existing battery devices and then get paths like
which looks `natural'. There is one problem with that approach, though:

A ThinkPad supports multiple batteries: In my case, I could add a slice
battery. But the ACPI driver only exposes a BAT0 device without a slice
being attached (I assume a BAT1 will pop-up if you add a slice battery,
but can't test it, as I don't own one). This means that you can only
configure the slice battery when it's plugged in. I don't know if its
a good idea to work like this.

Another problem is that I don't know any other systems supporting charge
thresholds, and I don't want to dictate interfaces built for ThinkPads
as a generic way.
Julian Andres Klode - Debian Developer, Ubuntu Member

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