Re: USB autosuspend and turning of usb pendrive leds

From: Bill Davidsen
Date: Fri Sep 28 2007 - 16:43:31 EST

Hans de Goede wrote:
Hi All,

Please keep me CC-ed as I'm not subscribed.

Some time ago a mail about turning of the leds on usb pendrives once unmounted by hal was send to the fedora-devel list:

This mail talked about echo 2 > power/state for usb devices.

I tested the method described in the mail to turn of the drive light and it worked well.

As I think that turning of the drive led (as windows does) would be good visual feedback to the end user that its safe to remove the device I've written a patch for hal which does the power state change automatically when the last partition of a usb massstorage device gets unmounted.

However when testing the patch I found out that my now newer kernel no longer has power/state for usb devices, it only has power/level. I can send suspend to power/level, but then remounting the device won't work and me syslog fills itself with:
sd 2:0:0:0: [sdc] READ CAPACITY failed
sd 2:0:0:0: [sdc] Result: hostbyte=DID_ERROR driverbyte=DRIVER_OK,SUGGEST_OK
sd 2:0:0:0: [sdc] Sense not available.
sd 2:0:0:0: [sdc] Write Protect is off
sd 2:0:0:0: [sdc] Mode Sense: 00 00 00 00
sd 2:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through

Because hal keeps polling the device.

What did power/state do, and can that capability be easily recovered? Being able to turn off the lights is desirable, but it may be that standby is the only way to do that, with all the issue already discussed in this thread. But if there's another way, it would be useful.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen@xxxxxxx>
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