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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:39 pm    Post subject: Xfce brightness resets after reboot Reply with quote

Hello,
I have Xfce4 running on my newly installed Gentoo. My problem is Xfce screen brightness resets after each reboot so I have to set it manually every time. xfce4-power-manager plugin also shows up about a minute late after Xfce starts. What might I be missing here?
Code:
root ~ # cat /etc/portage/make.conf
USE="-qt4 -qt5 -kde -gnome -emacs -ipv6 -bluetooth -introspection -gtk acl alsa consolekit policykit dbus lock session startup-notification thunar udev X gtk3 bindist zsh-completion vim-syntax"
GENTOO_MIRRORS="http://gentoo.aditsu.net:8000/"
PORTDIR="/usr/portage"
DISTDIR="${PORTDIR}/distfiles"
PKGDIR="${PORTDIR}/packages"
VIDEO_CARDS="intel nouveau"
INPUT_DEVICES="evdev synaptics"
LINGUAS="en"
FEATURES="candy"
GRUB_PLATFORMS="efi-64"
CPU_FLAGS_X86="aes avx avx2 fma3 mmx mmxext popcnt sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3"
XFCE_PLUGINS="clock power trash"
MAKEOPS="-j5"
L10N="en"
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
root ~ # cat /etc/portage/package.use/xfce4-power-manager
xfce-extra/xfce4-power-manager networkmanager
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
root ~ # cat /etc/portage/package.use/xfce4-meta
xfce-base/xfce4-meta -minimal dbus jpeg lock session startup-notification thunar udev X
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you follow this guide when you installed xfce4? https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Xfce

Please post your output so we know more about your system
Code:
 emerge --info

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I followed the mentioned guide. I had this same issue before reinstalling, in my older system.
Code:
root ~ # emerge --info
Portage 2.3.3 (python 3.4.5-final-0, default/linux/amd64/13.0/desktop, gcc-4.9.4, glibc-2.23-r3, 4.4.39-gentoo x86_64)
=================================================================
System uname: Linux-4.4.39-gentoo-x86_64-Intel-R-_Core-TM-_i5-4210U_CPU_@_1.70GHz-with-gentoo-2.3
KiB Mem:     3946472 total,   3130664 free
KiB Swap:    8191996 total,   8191996 free
Timestamp of repository gentoo: Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:00:01 +0000
sh bash 4.3_p48-r1
ld GNU ld (Gentoo 2.25.1 p1.1) 2.25.1
app-shells/bash:          4.3_p48-r1::gentoo
dev-lang/perl:            5.22.3_rc4::gentoo
dev-lang/python:          2.7.12::gentoo, 3.4.5::gentoo
dev-util/cmake:           3.7.2::gentoo
dev-util/pkgconfig:       0.28-r2::gentoo
sys-apps/baselayout:      2.3::gentoo
sys-apps/openrc:          0.22.4::gentoo
sys-apps/sandbox:         2.10-r1::gentoo
sys-devel/autoconf:       2.13::gentoo, 2.69::gentoo
sys-devel/automake:       1.11.6-r1::gentoo, 1.14.1::gentoo, 1.15::gentoo
sys-devel/binutils:       2.25.1-r1::gentoo
sys-devel/gcc:            4.9.4::gentoo
sys-devel/gcc-config:     1.7.3::gentoo
sys-devel/libtool:        2.4.6-r2::gentoo
sys-devel/make:           4.2.1::gentoo
sys-kernel/linux-headers: 4.4::gentoo (virtual/os-headers)
sys-libs/glibc:           2.23-r3::gentoo
Repositories:

gentoo
    location: /usr/portage
    sync-type: rsync
    sync-uri: rsync://rsync.gentoo.org/gentoo-portage
    priority: -1000

ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="amd64"
ACCEPT_LICENSE="* -@EULA"
CBUILD="x86_64-pc-linux-gnu"
CFLAGS="-march=native -O2 -pipe"
CHOST="x86_64-pc-linux-gnu"
CONFIG_PROTECT="/etc /usr/share/gnupg/qualified.txt"
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/ca-certificates.conf /etc/dconf /etc/env.d /etc/fonts/fonts.conf /etc/gconf /etc/gentoo-release /etc/revdep-rebuild /etc/sandbox.d /etc/terminfo"
CXXFLAGS="-march=native -O2 -pipe"
DISTDIR="/usr/portage/distfiles"
FCFLAGS="-O2 -pipe"
FEATURES="assume-digests binpkg-logs candy config-protect-if-modified distlocks ebuild-locks fixlafiles merge-sync news parallel-fetch preserve-libs protect-owned sandbox sfperms strict unknown-features-warn unmerge-logs unmerge-orphans userfetch userpriv usersandbox usersync xattr"
FFLAGS="-O2 -pipe"
GENTOO_MIRRORS="http://gentoo.aditsu.net:8000/"
LANG="en_US.utf8"
LDFLAGS="-Wl,-O1 -Wl,--as-needed"
PKGDIR="/usr/portage/packages"
PORTAGE_CONFIGROOT="/"
PORTAGE_RSYNC_OPTS="--recursive --links --safe-links --perms --times --omit-dir-times --compress --force --whole-file --delete --stats --human-readable --timeout=180 --exclude=/distfiles --exclude=/local --exclude=/packages --exclude=/.git"
PORTAGE_TMPDIR="/var/tmp"
USE="X a52 aac acl acpi alsa amd64 berkdb bindist branding bzip2 cairo cdda cdr cli consolekit cracklib crypt cups cxx dbus dri dts dvd dvdr emboss encode exif fam firefox flac fortran gdbm gif glamor gpm gtk3 iconv jpeg lcms ldap libnotify lock mad mng modules mp3 mp4 mpeg multilib ncurses nls nptl ogg opengl openmp pam pango pcre pdf png policykit ppds qt3support readline sdl seccomp session spell ssl startup-notification svg tcpd thunar tiff truetype udev udisks unicode upower usb vim-syntax vorbis wxwidgets x264 xattr xcb xml xv xvid zlib zsh-completion" ABI_X86="64" ALSA_CARDS="ali5451 als4000 atiixp atiixp-modem bt87x ca0106 cmipci emu10k1x ens1370 ens1371 es1938 es1968 fm801 hda-intel intel8x0 intel8x0m maestro3 trident usb-audio via82xx via82xx-modem ymfpci" APACHE2_MODULES="authn_core authz_core socache_shmcb unixd actions alias auth_basic authn_alias authn_anon authn_dbm authn_default authn_file authz_dbm authz_default authz_groupfile authz_host authz_owner authz_user autoindex cache cgi cgid dav dav_fs dav_lock deflate dir disk_cache env expires ext_filter file_cache filter headers include info log_config logio mem_cache mime mime_magic negotiation rewrite setenvif speling status unique_id userdir usertrack vhost_alias" CALLIGRA_FEATURES="kexi words flow plan sheets stage tables krita karbon braindump author" COLLECTD_PLUGINS="df interface irq load memory rrdtool swap syslog" CPU_FLAGS_X86="aes avx avx2 fma3 mmx mmxext popcnt sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3" ELIBC="glibc" GPSD_PROTOCOLS="ashtech aivdm earthmate evermore fv18 garmin garmintxt gpsclock isync itrax mtk3301 nmea ntrip navcom oceanserver oldstyle oncore rtcm104v2 rtcm104v3 sirf skytraq superstar2 timing tsip tripmate tnt ublox ubx" GRUB_PLATFORMS="efi-64" INPUT_DEVICES="evdev synaptics" KERNEL="linux" L10N="en" LCD_DEVICES="bayrad cfontz cfontz633 glk hd44780 lb216 lcdm001 mtxorb ncurses text" LIBREOFFICE_EXTENSIONS="presenter-console presenter-minimizer" LINGUAS="en" OFFICE_IMPLEMENTATION="libreoffice" PHP_TARGETS="php5-6" PYTHON_SINGLE_TARGET="python2_7" PYTHON_TARGETS="python2_7 python3_4" RUBY_TARGETS="ruby21" USERLAND="GNU" VIDEO_CARDS="intel nouveau" XFCE_PLUGINS="clock power trash" XTABLES_ADDONS="quota2 psd pknock lscan length2 ipv4options ipset ipp2p iface geoip fuzzy condition tee tarpit sysrq steal rawnat logmark ipmark dhcpmac delude chaos account"
Unset:  CC, CPPFLAGS, CTARGET, CXX, EMERGE_DEFAULT_OPTS, INSTALL_MASK, LC_ALL, MAKEOPTS, PORTAGE_BUNZIP2_COMMAND, PORTAGE_COMPRESS, PORTAGE_COMPRESS_FLAGS, PORTAGE_RSYNC_EXTRA_OPTS, USE_PYTHON
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed on the xfce guide page it's showing:
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XFCE_PLUGINS="brightness clock trash"

xfce4-power-manager
Your emerge --info has
Quote:
XFCE_PLUGINS="clock power trash"
maybe add brightness and see waht happens. However, seems it's in the xfce4-power-manager. https://searchcode.com/codesearch/view/21868623/# but maybe needs it enabled in XFCE_PLUGINS= to acually work? That's one theory.

Another thought: I only use radeon cards, but perhaps the nvidia nouveau driver is causing problems? I've seen mention of various difficulties with nouveau.

Maybe look at the xorg.log and see it any clue pops up.

Another gentoo xfce guide page: https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Xfce/Guide
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a pretty bare xfce4 installed on all my systems as a "backup" DE, or to boot to when emerging a full kde/qt system, so I don't have many plugins, etc., or much experience on xfce4 problems.

I did find some more info here https://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?id=9091

and more here: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=193098

From what I'm seeing while searching- this is a more or less common xfce problem.

More general overview from Arch forum: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Backlight#Overview

What's the output of
Code:
 qlist -Ic xfce-base/*

and
Code:
qlist -Ic xfce-extra


BTW, what model desktop or laptop are you using? Laptops especially have various quirks to consider.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried adding brightness to make.conf but it didn't work, checked those links but seems my issue is a different. I switched to nvidia but that led me into other problems so I am back with nouveau now :).

I noticed my '.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-power-manager.xml' file's "brightness-switch-restore-on-exit" value is '0'. I tried changing it to '1' manually and with 'xfconf-query -c xfce4-power-manager -p "/xfce4-power-manager/brightness-switch-restore-on-exit" -s 1' but after reboot it changes back to default '0', not really sure if this has anything to do with my issue but tried it anyway :).
Code:
[~] cat .config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-power-manager.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<channel name="xfce4-power-manager" version="1.0">
  <property name="xfce4-power-manager" type="empty">
    <property name="brightness-switch-restore-on-exit" type="int" value="0"/>
    <property name="brightness-switch" type="int" value="0"/>
    <property name="handle-brightness-keys" type="bool" value="true"/>
    <property name="show-tray-icon" type="bool" value="true"/>
    <property name="general-notification" type="bool" value="true"/>
    <property name="dpms-enabled" type="bool" value="false"/>
    <property name="power-button-action" type="uint" value="3"/>
  </property>
</channel>

and my qlist -Ic xfce-base/ and qlist -Ic xfce-extra. I have added 'xbacklight -set 5' to my .xinitrc as a temporary measure but it would be really nice to resolve this issue.
Code:
[~] qlist -Ic xfce-base/

xfce-base/exo 0.10.7
xfce-base/garcon 0.5.0
xfce-base/libxfce4ui 4.13.0
xfce-base/libxfce4util 4.12.1
xfce-base/thunar 1.6.10
xfce-base/xfce4-appfinder 4.12.0
xfce-base/xfce4-meta 4.12
xfce-base/xfce4-panel 4.12.0
xfce-base/xfce4-session 4.12.1
xfce-base/xfce4-settings 4.12.0
xfce-base/xfconf 4.12.0
xfce-base/xfdesktop 4.12.3
xfce-base/xfwm4 4.12.3
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
[~] qlist -Ic xfce-extra

xfce-extra/thunar-archive-plugin 0.3.1
xfce-extra/thunar-volman 0.8.1
xfce-extra/tumbler 0.1.31
xfce-extra/xfce4-mixer 4.11.0
xfce-extra/xfce4-notifyd 0.2.4
xfce-extra/xfce4-power-manager 1.6.0
xfce-extra/xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin 1.6.0
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