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apmdAdvanced Power Management daemon


apmd [-AadHLs] [-f devname] [-S sockname] [-t seconds] [-Z percent] [-z percent]


apmd monitors the advanced power management device, apm(4), acting on signaled events and upon user requests as sent by the apm(8) program.
For suspend and standby request events delivered by the BIOS, or via apm(8), apmd runs the appropriate configuration program (if one exists), syncs the buffer cache to disk and initiates the requested state. When resuming after suspend or standby, apmd runs the appropriate configuration program (if one exists).
When the power status changes (battery is connected or disconnected) apmd fetches the current status and reports it via syslog(3) with logging facility LOG_DAEMON.
The options are as follows:
Start apmd in automatic performance adjustment mode.
BIOS-initiated suspend or standby requests are ignored if the system is connected to line current and not running from batteries (user requests are still honored).
apmd enters debug mode, logging to facility LOG_LOCAL1, and stays in the foreground on the controlling terminal.
-f devname
Specify an alternate device file name, devname.
Start apmd in manual performance adjustment mode, initialising hw.setperf to 100.
Start apmd in manual performance adjustment mode, initialising hw.setperf to 0.
-S sockname
Specify an alternate socket name, sockname. The socket is protected to mode 0660, UID 0, GID 0; this protects access to suspend requests to authorized users only.
Current battery statistics are reported via syslog(3) and apmd exits without monitoring the APM status.
-t seconds
apmd periodically polls the APM driver for the current power state. If the battery charge level changes substantially or the external power status changes, the new status is logged. The polling rate defaults to once per 10 minutes, but may be specified using the -t command-line flag.
-Z percent
Automatically hibernate the system if no AC is connected and the estimated battery life is equal or below percent.
-z percent
Automatically suspend the system if no AC is connected and the estimated battery life is equal or below percent.
If both -Z and -z are specified, the last one will supersede the other.
When a client requests a suspend or stand-by state, apmd does not wait for positive confirmation that the requested state has been entered before replying to the client; to do so would mean the client does not get a reply until the system resumes from its sleep state. Rather, apmd replies with the intended state to the client and then places the system in the requested state after running the configuration script and flushing the buffer cache.
Actions can be configured for the following transitions: suspend, hibernate, standby, resume, powerup, and powerdown. The suspend, hibernate and standby actions are run prior to apmd performing any other actions (such as disk syncs) and entering the new state. The resume program is run after resuming from a stand-by or suspended state. The powerup and powerdown programs are run after the power status (AC connected or not) changes, as well as after a resume (if the power status changed in the mean time).


Default device used to control the APM kernel driver.
These files contain the host's customized actions. Each file must be an executable binary or shell script. A single program or script can be used to control all transitions by examining the name by which it was called, which is one of suspend, hibernate, standby, resume, powerup, or powerdown.
Default UNIX-domain socket used for communication with apm(8).


syslog(3), apm(4), apm(8), sysctl(8)
Advanced Power Management (APM) BIOS Interface Specification (revision 1.2), Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corporation.


The apmd command first appeared in NetBSD 1.3. OpenBSD support was added in OpenBSD 1.2.
August 29, 2017 OpenBSD-current