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acpid(8)                    System Manager's Manual                   acpid(8)



NAME
       acpid - Advanced Configuration and Power Interface event daemon

SYNOPSIS
       acpid [options]


DESCRIPTION
       acpid  is designed to notify user-space programs of ACPI events.  acpid
       should be started during the system boot, and will run as a  background
       process,  by default.  It will open an events file (/proc/acpi/event by
       default) and attempt to read whole lines.  When a line is received  (an
       event),  acpid will examine a list of rules, and execute the rules that
       match the event.

       Rules are defined by simple configuration files.  acpid will look in  a
       configuration  directory  (/etc/acpi/events  by default), and parse all
       files that fit to a runparts style naming convetion.  This  means  that
       files  containing  a  dot and contain characters different from a-z and
       0-9 would be ignored. Debian implementation differs at this point  from
       standard  acpid.  Each  file  must  define  two things: an event and an
       action.  Any blank lines, or lines where the first character is a pound
       sign  ('#') are ignored.  Extraneous lines are flagged as warnings, but
       are not fatal.  Each line has three tokens: the key,  a  literal  equal
       sign,  and the value.  The key can be up to 63 characters, and is case-
       insensitive (but whitespace matters).  The value can be up to 511 char-
       acters, and is case and whitespace sensitive.

       The event value is a regular expression (see regcomp(3)), against which
       events are matched.

       The action value is a commandline, which will be  invoked  via  /bin/sh
       whenever  an  event matching the rule in question occurs.  The command-
       line may include shell-special characters, and they will be  preserved.
       The  only  special  characters in an action value are "%" escaped.  The
       string "%e" will be replaced by the literal text of the event for which
       the action was invoked.  This string may contain spaces, so the comman-
       dline must take care to quote the "%e" if it wants a single token.  The
       string  "%%"  will be replaced by a literal "%".  All other "%" escapes
       are reserved, and will cause a rule to not load.

       This feature allows multiple rules to be defined  for  the  same  event
       (though  no  ordering is guaranteed), as well as one rule to be defined
       for multiple events.  To force acpid to reload the rule  configuration,
       send it a SIGHUP.

       In  addition  to  rule  files, acpid also accepts connections on a UNIX
       domain socket (/var/run/acpid.socket by default).  Any application  may
       connect  to  this  socket.  Once connected, acpid will send the text of
       all ACPI events to the client.  The client has  the  responsibility  of
       filtering  for messages about which it cares.  acpid will not close the
       client socket except in the case of a SIGHUP or acpid exiting.

       acpid will log all of it's activities, as well as the stdout and stderr
       of any actions to a log file (/var/log/acpid by default).

       All  the  default  file and directories can be changed with commandline
       options.

OPTIONS
       -c, --confdir directory
                   This option changes the directory in which acpid looks  for
                   rule configuration files.  Default is /etc/acpi/events.

       -d, --debug This option increases the acpid debug level by one.  If the
                   debug level is non-zero, acpid will run in the  foreground,
                   and will log to stdout/stderr, rather than a log file.

       -e, --eventfile filename
                   This  option  changes the event file from which acpid reads
                   events.  Default is /proc/acpi/event.

       -g, --socketgroup groupname
                   This option changes the group ownership of the UNIX  domain
                   socket to which acpid publishes events.

       -l, --logfile filename
                   This  option  changes  the  log file to which acpid writes.
                   Default is /var/log/acpid.

       -m, --socketmode mode
                   This option changes the  permissions  of  the  UNIX  domain
                   socket to which acpid publishes events.  Default is 0666.

       -s, --socketfile filename
                   This  option  changes  the  name  of the UNIX domain socket
                   which acpid opens.  Default is /var/run/acpid.socket.

       -S, --nosocket filename
                   This option tells acpid not to open a UNIX  domain  socket.
                   This  overrides the -s option, and negates all other socket
                   options.

       -v, --version
                   Print version information and exit.

       -h, --help  Show help and exit.

EXAMPLE
       This example - placed in /etc/acpi/events/power - will shut  down  your
       system if you press the power button.

       event=button/power.*
       action=/usr/local/sbin/power.sh "%e"

       The  script power.sh gets called and will see the complete event string
       as parameter $1.

DEPENDENCIES
       Please make sure you are using the latest ACPI code possible.  This  is
       available from
           http://developer.intel.com/technology/iapc/acpi/downloads.htm.

FILES
       /proc/acpi/event
       /etc/acpi/
       /var/log/acpid
       /var/run/acpid.socket

BUGS
       There are no known bugs.  To file bug reports, see AUTHORS below.

SEE ALSO
       regcomp(3), sh(1), socket(2), connect(2)

AUTHORS
       Tim Hockin <thockinATsun.com>




                                  August 2001                         acpid(8)