The laptop-mode-tools package is installed by default, but provides a completely parallel interface for power management that duplicates functionality of pm-utils and the rest of the stack, frequently tripping up users when one of the tools overrides the settings of the other. We should remove laptop-mode-tools from the default install, to have only one set of infrastructure in the default system for configuring and applying power management settings.

Release Note

The laptop-mode-tools package is no longer installed by default on the desktop in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. Upgrading to 10.04 LTS with update-manager or do-release-upgrade will have the package automatically removed; users who upgrade manually with apt-get or other tools are advised to remove this package manually with sudo apt-get purge laptop-mode-tools.

Users who wish to continue using laptop-mode-tools to administer their power management settings may reinstall the package from the Ubuntu universe repository.


The laptop-mode-tools package provides a completely parallel mechanism for configuring power management, duplicating most of the functionality already provided by the fd.o stack in the pm-utils package and packages that hook into it, such as hdparm. Although it provides tweaks for many aspects of power management that aren't currently supported in pm-utils, having two separate configuration mechanisms for the same functionality is inappropriate and results in confusing behavior when one setting overrides the other.

User stories


The pm-utils package, as part of the stack, is the correct infrastructure to standardize on for power management options.


Test/Demo Plan

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BoF agenda and discussion


The laptop-mode-tools package is installed by default, but if enabled it adds a completely separate power management overlay that doesn't integrate with any of the rest of the system packages (and doesn't respect preferences set in those packages). This should be rectified.


Confusion: There is the kernel's laptop_mode (/proc/sys/vm/laptop_mode) and there is the laptop-mode-tools package. The latter perfoms several additonal tweaks to optimize disk idleing in addition to the kernel's laptoop_mode. Additionaly it is capable to handle most power management tasks.



FoundationsTeam/Specs/RemoveLaptopModeToolsFromDefaultInstall (last edited 2010-02-11 00:47:35 by minbar)