Idle-suspend a little too intrusive to user experience?

Paul Fox pgf at
Mon May 10 14:54:37 EDT 2010

smith wrote:
 > On 05/10/2010 10:38 AM, Paul Fox wrote:
 > >   >  2. The machine suspends frequently while it is loading a web page, and
 > >   >  does not wake up, meaning that the web page doesn't finish loading
 > >   >  until you realise what's happened and intervene
 > >
 > > i'm going to venture a guess that the network there isn't quite
 > > as responsive as it is here at 1cc.  right now we inhibit based
 > > mostly on outbound network traffic within 5 seconds of the
 > > suspend point.  in the case of slow DNS or web-server response, i
 > > can imagine that that might not be sufficient.  the mechanics
 > > within powerd for doing the detection are a little cumbersome
 > > right now -- i think i know how to fix it, but it's non-trivial.
 > > if i can rework it, it will be much easier (i hope) to extend the
 > > detection interval.
 > Is it suspending in the act of sending or while waiting for the response 
 > packet?
 > I'm curious why the the incoming response packets are not causing a WOL.

good question.  i've put more time into the keep-from-suspending
part (since i can't do anything about the wake-on-lan part), so
that's where i jump when troubleshooting.

the absence of wake-on-arp (or auto-arp) is an issue, and could be
part of this problem.

 paul fox, pgf at

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