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[Lcdproc] Onexit=1 not working Ubuntu 9.10

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  • From: jarod at (Jarod Wilson)
  • Subject: [Lcdproc] Onexit=1 not working Ubuntu 9.10
  • Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 16:00:37 -0500

On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 12:12 PM, jk <fblack947 at> wrote:
> Jarod, you've become my source for lirc knowledge (:} )
> ... do you know if the behaviour described below has been investigated by
> the lirc team? ?I'm nearly 100% positive that it's not a problem with
> lcdproc. ? (Well, other than the fact that lcdproc relies upon the lirc usb
> driver...)

I've looked at it a tiny bit, as have a few other folks. My own LCD
device has this same problem, but the backlight doesn't come back on
until *after* the machine is powered off, so I'm not quite sure how it
could be the driver at fault. There's a specific 'shut off the
display' string sent to the display by the lcdproc driver, iirc, so
when the LCDd service is stopped on my box, the display goes off, then
the machine powers off, then the display lights back up a bit later.
That shut-off string matches what people have snooped under windows,
so I'm mostly clueless as to what the problem is -- some sort of reset
of the usb bus that happens when the kernel finally exits?

Sadly, I just don't have time, energy or desire to investigate this
one more myself right now. But its definitely not an oddity of how
Ubuntu shuts down, or at least not one specific to Ubuntu, as it
happens the same way with the distro I run too (Fedora 12, 64-bit).
Don't see anything at a glance in Fedora's shutdown initscripts I
could blame.

> George, more info below...
> ----- Original Message ----
>> From: George < at>
>> Cc: lcdproc at
>> Sent: Sat, February 27, 2010 11:22:59 AM
>> Subject: Re: [Lcdproc] Onexit=1 not working Ubuntu 9.10
>> ...
>> > - Are you checking the "OnExit" actions by shutting down the computer
>> > or by shutting down LCDd? ?( "sudo /etc/init.d/LCDd stop" is the
>> > easiest way to check the exit behavior)
>> I was checking it by shutting down the computer. When I shutdown the
>> LCDd down it seems to be working perfectly.
>> However when shutting down the computer, it seems that the action OnExit
>> takes place, but after a second or so the display is kind of reset. For
>> example, when setting onexit=2 so the LCD is switch off, during the
>> shutdown process the LCD is shutdown, but as soon as it ends the
>> backlight is back on.
>> I have an Antec Fusion Remote Black. Is this a normal behaviour when
>> using this case?
> From:
> ?
> "In many systems, the LCD backlight will remain on after the system is
> shutdown.
> This behavior remains a mystery - somehow the lcd recieves a reset command
> (or
> similar) AFTER LCDd is stopped."
> It's a known issue, with an unknown solution. ?Since it behaves correctly
> when stopping the service, I don't believe that it's a problem, nor
> fixable, in lcdproc. ?It could be lirc, or it could be some other wackiness
> in Ubuntu's shutdown process.
> There's a launchpad report (ubuntu bug system) filed on it (maybe by you?):
> ?
> I've added some info to that bug report.
> -Jonathan

Jarod Wilson
jarod at

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