[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#759471: xfce4-power-manager: Doesn't receive plug/unplug events or power state, after startup

Kalle Sandström ksandstr at gmail.com
Wed Aug 27 11:33:10 UTC 2014

Package: xfce4-power-manager
Version: 1.2.0-5
Severity: important

Dear Maintainer,

xfce4-power-manager seems to have rotted, again. It now fails to notice when
the laptop's charger is connected or disconnected, and its battery level
indicator (i.e. the one that comes up w/ Fn+F3 on Thinkpads) shows stale
information. This also leads to it being unable to indicate that battery level
is critically low, causing sudden (and quite jarring) out-of-battery

The problem appeared recently, within the past two weeks, from testing. I have
determined that the problem is not related to my custom kernel (by booting an
older custom kernel on which the problem never appeared), nor to the hardware
in use (by upgrading a spare Thinkpad and confirming that the same failure

As I'm systematically abstaining from sipping the systemd cyanide pop, I find
it credible that the problem lay in the various stealth systemd dependencies in
the most recent ACPI or general PM handling in Debian, and so the bug should be
refiled appropriately -- but I've got neither the knowledge, skills, nor
ability to do so.

Relatedly, since april-may 2014, it's been the case that xfce4-power-manager
has been unable to effect suspend or hibernate either at command or
automatically. This problem repeats on all laptops upgraded from testing since
april-ish. (I blame the brave new systemd world, and thus lennart "fucking"
pöttering, for the issue; but that's neither here nor there.)

I've classed this bug as important because in combination with the
suspend/hibernate permission issue, this bug inhibits xfce4-power-manager's
proper function entirely.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: jessie/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 3.16.1+ (SMP w/8 CPU cores; PREEMPT)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=fi_FI.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages xfce4-power-manager depends on:
ii  libc6                     2.19-9
ii  libdbus-1-3               1.8.6-2
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2          0.102-1
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0        2.30.7-1
ii  libglib2.0-0              2.40.0-4
ii  libgtk2.0-0               2.24.24-1
ii  libnotify4                0.7.6-2
ii  libx11-6                  2:1.6.2-3
ii  libxext6                  2:1.3.2-1
ii  libxfce4ui-1-0            4.10.0-5
ii  libxfce4util6             4.10.1-1
ii  libxfconf-0-2             4.10.0-2
ii  libxrandr2                2:1.4.2-1
ii  upower                    0.99.0-3
ii  xfce4-power-manager-data  1.2.0-5

Versions of packages xfce4-power-manager recommends:
pn  libpam-systemd               <none>
pn  systemd-shim | systemd-sysv  <none>

Versions of packages xfce4-power-manager suggests:
ii  udisks                       1.0.5-1+b1
pn  xfce4-power-manager-plugins  <none>

-- no debconf information

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