Caio Alonso

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Running PowerTOP on boot on Void Linux

PowerTOP doesn’t remember settings between restarts, so it needs to be executed on every boot. Here’s how I did it on Void Linux with runit.

Runit executes every script in /etc/runit/core-services once on boot. So I created a /etc/runit/core-services/ script:

msg "Powertop autotune..."
powertop --auto-tune

And made sure that it was executable with sudo chmod +x /etc/runit/core-services/

Since PowerTOP’s auto tune enables power management for every available device, my USB mouse kept turning off after 2 seconds of standby. In order to increase that delay to 10 minutes I changed the service file to this:

msg "Powertop autotune..."
echo $((10 * 60 * 1000)) > /sys/bus/usb/devices/1-1.6/power/autosuspend_delay_ms
powertop --auto-tune

The /sys/bus/.../autosuspend_delay_ms path will change depending on the device, so to discover it run sudo powertop and manually switch the flag in the Tunables tab.

05 Nov 2018