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Bug#456214: marked as forwarded (hal: should not poll CD drive so often)

Subject: Bug#456214: marked as forwarded hal: should not poll CD drive so often
From: Debian Bug Tracking System
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008 09:57:16 +0000
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has caused the   report #456214,
regarding hal: should not poll CD drive so often
to be marked as having been forwarded to the upstream software
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Subject: [PATCH] HAL polling, cd drives and wakeups
From: Sam Morris
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008 10:52:19 +0100
Brian Carlson noticed that HAL's polling of CD drives was causing his
system to wake up ~20 times a second, and filed a bug about it at

He commented,

> Apparently hal knows that my drive supports CDROM_MEDIA_CHANGED, but 
> it's not using it.  Why?  Ah, I see, it's checking if the tray is open 
> first.  Shouldn't it be checking only to see if there's a media change, 
> since obviously if the tray is open, the media hasn't been changed yet?  
> Then you can make the kernel do the hard work of determining how to most 
> efficiently check the media change notification, with the asynchronous 
> API, or the inefficient (polling) one.

He also posted a patch, which I'd like to get reviewed upstream:

> Attached is a patch to fix the problem with wakeups.  This patch does 
> CDROM_MEDIA_CHANGED first, and if it reports true, then checks to make 
> sure the drive is closed and then that the drive is not lying.  This 
> causes the number of wakeups from HAL to go to zero.  It also has the 
> side effect of issuing an extra ioctl(2) when the drive tray is open, 
> which is harmless since the drive tray should be closed most of the 
> time.

The patch can be retrieved from

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Sam Morris

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