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SubjectRe: [REGRESSION/PATCH] acpi: blacklist win8 OSI for ASUS Zenbok Prime UX31A
On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 8:42 AM, Rafael J. Wysocki <> wrote:
> On Tuesday, July 30, 2013 01:57:55 PM Aaron Lu wrote:
>> On 07/30/2013 01:51 PM, Aaron Lu wrote:
>> > On 07/30/2013 11:44 AM, Felipe Contreras wrote:
>> >> On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM, Aaron Lu <> wrote:
>> >>> On 07/30/2013 03:20 AM, Felipe Contreras wrote:
>> >>>> Since v3.7 the acpi backlight driver doesn't work at all on this machine
>> >>>> because presumably the ACPI code contains stub code when Windows 8 OSI is
>> >>>> reported.
>> >>>>
>> >>>> The commit ea45ea7 (in v3.11-rc2) tried to fix this problem by using the intel
>> >>>> backlight driver, however, on this machine it turns the backlight completely
>> >>>> off when it reaches level 0%, after which the user might have a lot trouble
>> >>>> trying to bring it back.
>> >>>
>> >>> What do you mean by a lot of trouble? If you press hotkey to increase
>> >>> backlight brightness level, does it work?
>> >>
>> >> I guess so, *if* there is indeed a user-space power manager handling
>> >> that, *and* the keyboard has such keys, *or* the user has set custom
>> >> hotkeys.
>> >
>> > Right, for a GUI environment this may not be a big problem(user uses Fn
>> > key to decrease brightness level and then hit the black screen, it's
>> > natural he will use Fn key to increase brightness level).
>> >
>> >>
>> >>> If so, the screen should not
>> >>> be black any more, it's not that user has to blindly enter some command
>> >>> to get out of the black screen.
>> >>>
>> >>> And I'm not sure if this is a bug of intel_backlight(setting a low level
>> >>> makes the screen almost off), I see different models with different
>> >>> vendors having this behavior.
>> >>
>> >> I mean, the screen is completely off, I cannot see absolutely
>> >> anything. I don't see this behavior with the ACPI backlight driver,
>> >> nor do I see that in Windows 7.
>> >>
>> >>> If this is deemed a bug, then I'm afraid
>> >>> intel_backlight interface is useless for a lot of systems...perhaps we
>> >>> can only say, intel_backlight's interpretation of low levels are
>> >>> different with ACPI video's, and that's probably why its type is named
>> >>> as raw :-)
>> >>
>> >> Well, a bug is defined as unexpected behavior -- as a user, if I'm
>> >> changing the brightness of the screen, I certainly don't expect the
>> >> screen to turn off, and I think that's the expectation from most
>> >> people. It's the first time I see something like that.
>> >
>> > I agree this is kind of un-expected. At the same time, this seems to be
>> > the normal behavior for intel_backlight. I don't know what the correct
>> > thing to do here if this is something we want to avoid - modify intel
>> > backlight handling code not to set too low value or change the user
>> > space tool not to set a too low value if they are interacting with a
>> > raw type interface. Neither of them sounds cool... Or, users may get
>> > used to it, I for example, don't find this to be very annoying, but
>> > maybe I'm already used to it.
>> BTW, for the complete screen off problem, I don't see there is anything
>> wrong with it from code's point of view. It's not that there is an error
>> in code or this is a broken hardware that caused the screen off when
>> setting a very low or 0 brightness level, it is simply the expected
>> behavior of what this interface can provide. It can really set the
>> brightness level to minimum(zero) or maximum. Don't get me wrong, I
>> didn't mean this is a good user experience, I don't know that. I just
>> don't think this is a program bug, and I don't know if this should be
>> fixed or not - obviously this interface did what it is asked to do,
>> correctly.
> Precisely, user space asks for 0 and the kernel delivers.
> And there are reasons why 0 should be "screen off", like power management
> (when you have a policy to dim the screen completely after a period of
> inactivity, for example).

There is another interface the turn the screen off.

If 0 turns the screen off with the intel driver, 0 should turn the
screen off with the ACPI driver, having inconsistent behavior
depending on which driver is used is a bug.

If 0 did not turn off the screen in v3.10, 0 should not turn off the
screen in v3.11, to do so would be a *regression*.

> So in my opinion, if that's a problem for anyone, it has to be addressed in
> user space and if there are any vendors who try to address *that* in their ACPI
> tables, that's one more reason to avoid using ACPI for backlight control.

If you think it's the user-space responsibility to deal with kernel
bugs, I think it's only a matter of time before you receive one of
these [1].

"If a change results in user programs breaking, it's a bug in the
kernel. We never EVER blame the user programs. How hard can this be to



Felipe Contreras

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