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Old 06-15-2013, 11:47 AM   #1
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installing packages when you're a couple releases behind


Hi,

I'm running Linux Mint 12 on a Thinkpad, and would like to install tlp power-management. Their site indicates that it targets Mint 13 & 14, and sure enough, when I follow their installation instructions, apt-get returns "Unable to locate package tlp". Aside from upgrading (which is bound to produce its own problems), what are my options? Should I try to compile the source myself, or am I out of luck?

Thanks.
 
Old 06-15-2013, 12:05 PM   #2
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Try following the instructions for Debian in Mint 12. Aimed at an older Ubuntu release (10), so you might have better luck with it.
 
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:13 PM   #3
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Interesting suggestion. Unfortunately I ran into trouble on the first command:

>>deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/linrunner/tlp/ubuntu lucid main
No command 'deb' found
 
Old 06-15-2013, 12:17 PM   #4
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You're not running that as a command.

Code:
sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list
Then paste that into the file, making sure it's not commented out (no # before it). Save the file and update:

Code:
sudo apt-get update && apt-cache search tlp
 
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:23 PM   #5
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Yes, I realized just after I posted, and I think it installed successfully. Thanks very much!
 
Old 06-15-2013, 12:26 PM   #6
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Post back and let us know if it really helps with battery life. I've considered trying it a few times, but in the end, all the issues I've read on their FAQ page has prevented me from ever trying.
 
Old 06-15-2013, 07:27 PM   #7
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Unfortunately, I'm not a great one to ask since I don't use the battery all that often. I wanted this driver because it enables a Thinkpad-specific feature that keeps charge levels between a pre-set max and min (called "thresholds"). I *can* report that that particular feature seems to work on my machine.
 
  


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