Subject: Re: no ACPI reset button defined?
To: Takayoshi Kochi <kochi@NetBSD.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 05/30/2004 23:21:26
In message <20040531.112143.74749619.kochi@NetBSD.org>, Takayoshi Kochi writes:
>From: Steve Bellovin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: no ACPI reset button defined?
>Date: Sat, 29 May 2004 17:45:34 -0400
>> I learned today -- the hard way -- that the ACPI code didn't seem to
>> handle the reset button. Odd, I thought, since there is a reset
>> button script in /etc/powerd/scripts. A glance at the driver showed
>> that there was indeed no support for any buttons other than sleep and
>> power. OK, it loooked pretty easy to add; all I needed was the device
>> ID. So I downloaded the ACPI spec and looked for it.
>As far as I read, there's no definition of ACPI reset button.
>In the ACPI spec, only power and sleep buttons are defined.
>> Unless I 'm very confused, it isn't there. So why do we have
>That's because powerd isn't ACPI-centric thing, though I don't know
>whether there's any platform that can intercept reset button.
>But not all such button things have to be 'hardware button', so
>we could generate 'software button event' internally from the kernel.
>One way to do this is CTRL+ALT+DEL that generates a 'reset button' event
>to notify powerd (this is what someone proposed in the list
>some time ago.)
Thanks; that clears up a lot. It might pay to put a comment in the
reset script for now, just to warn people.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb