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Old 12-16-2010, 12:40 PM   #1
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Setting Hardware clock for Wake up to record in Mythtv / LinHes


I would like to use the wake up to record and auto shutoff feature in Mythtv / LinHes but have no idea how it works ins Arch. Have scripts that work in Debian / Mythbuntu but I like source based distros like Arch / Slackware and wish to migrate. Would also be happy to know how to do this with Freevo as I may migrate to Freevo if I can ever figure out the syntax for its Python scripts.

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Old 12-19-2010, 12:04 AM   #2
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I think you should look into wakealarm. Arch really isn't a source based distribution, but it's very easy to rebuild packages. Gentoo is a source based distribution.
 
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:41 AM   #3
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Thank you for post.

wakealarm does not work with all motherboards & BIOS. Found Dell BIOS on my P4 Dual Xenon 450 Workstation to be good and seems that AMI is also useable.If I had more skills or a guide would try to build a BIOS ala Open Bios.

Any suggestions would be useful.

RE: Gentoo how does one best find all the optimizations. I tend to use and inherit older hardware, one of the reason I love Linux.

Again, my sincerest Thanks.
 
Old 12-22-2010, 08:26 PM   #4
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What do you mean by optimizations? Your MAKEFLAGS are going to be static based on your CPU. You will set the CPU type when you compile the kernel which will also help. You can customize the kernel for your hardware, but really this will just save time compiling the kernel itself; you won't get a huge performance boost for this. And, you can set USE flags based on software requirements; this will help a little with performance.

Most of these, however, you can accomplish with Arch. The kernel is the one thing I do consistently recompile for my system.

I think the real advantage to Gentoo, as far as having old hardware goes, is it's easy to stick with old versions of some software while staying up to date with others (it's also easy to have multiple versions of the same software installed). With Arch, it's assumed that you stay up to date with everything. If you want to get fancy with Arch, you might have to get your hands dirty on a package-by-package basis.

Sorry, I didn't know that about wakealarm, I thought it was an entirely software thing and that it just depended on the suspend level you are in (S1 vs S3...).
 
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