Re: [PATCH] thinkpad_acpi: Add support for keyboard backlight
From: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh
Date: Mon Jan 11 2016 - 14:28:09 EST
On Mon, Jan 11, 2016, at 17:04, Darren Hart wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 09, 2016 at 03:46:41PM -0200, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh
> > On Sat, Jan 9, 2016, at 15:39, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> > > On Mon, Jan 4, 2016, at 18:12, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > > > > This patch adds support for controlling keyboard backlight via standard
> > > > > linux led class interface (::kbd_backlight). It uses ACPI HKEY device with
> > > > > MLCG and MLCS methods.
> > > > >
> > > > > Signed-off-by: Pali Rohár <pali.rohar@xxxxxxxxx>
> > > > > Tested-by: Fabio D'Urso <fabiodurso@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > > >
> > > > On my thinkpad, keyboard light is controlled by
> > > >
> > > > /sys/class/leds/tpacpi\:\:thinklight/brightness
> > > >
> > > > (that's a bad name).
> > >
> > > That's because the driver was not updated to support your laptop, AND I
> > > don't recall if someone mapped the full behavior of the ACPI thinklight
> > > interface in your thinkpad :-(
> > Argh. If by "keyboard light" you mean the LED above the *screen* that
> > shines down on the whole keyboard, please disregard my previous reply...
> > As for the naming, the idea of a LED up there shining in the keyboard
> > is:
> > 1. patented by IBM
> > 2. named "ThinkLight" by IBM, one of the "Think Technologies" in the
> > "ThinkPad" (add TM after everything :p) and every
> > old-timer thinkpad user knew it by that name.
> > 4. called "thinklight" by the driver since before the LED sysfs class
> > even existed :p
> > ibm-acpi, since then renamed thinkpad-acpi *predates* most generic
> > interfaces. Heck, it predates sysfs.
> > So, this is ABI set in stone. If there is a way to add an "alias" of
> > kbd_backlight that won't drive userspace crazy, we might do that though.
> > But it looks quite risky to me...
> Henrique, so are you taking back your Ack from 10 minutes prior?
Hmm? No, the ACK stands.
Pavel was talking about another feature altogether, apparently: older
thinkpads did not have "keyboard backlight" (as in light from below the
keys). They had a "ThinkLight", which is an overhead light that shines
down on the keyboard.
The two features are not the same (and are handled differently by the
firmware, for whatever reason), although they do serve the same purpose.
I don't think a thinkpad will ever have both features at the same time,
so I have no idea why they changed the firmware interface.
The patch adds support to the "keyboard backlight" feature, which was
previously NOT supported.
> I've dropped this patch. Please let me know if I should pick it back up.
Please pick it back up.
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