KMacBacklight

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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Description:

KMacBacklight is a kicker applet to adjust the backlight of an Apple iMac or MacBook Pro on Linux in KDE. You also can assign shortcuts.

I take absolutely no responsibility for any kind of harm caused to your Mac ;-)

Installation:
After unpacking with "tar xvfj" and changing to the directory with "cd kmacbacklight" the usual "./configure && make && sudo make install".
You might need the package "pciutils-dev" to compile backlight.c.
Afterwards you should be able to add the applet to your KDE panel.

Todo:
- MacBook support. Can anyone with a MacBook please confirm that this [ http://desrt.mcmaster.ca/code/macbook-backlight/macbook-backlight.c ] backlight adjuster works and which backlight values you can use. I use values between 33 and 255 for the MacBook Pro backlight adjuster at the moment.
Last changelog:

13 years ago

KMacBacklight 0.2 [17 Feb 2007]:
- removed sudo, setuid should be enough

KMacBacklight 0.1 [16 Feb 2007]:
- initial release

farcaller

13 years ago

Hello, nice project.
What do you think about merging your app and this one: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=52809 ?

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cici

13 years ago

Seems you made a nice applet for "normal" notebooks. Congratulations for that. Unfortunately I couldn't test it on my iMac. I don't even have the /sys/class/backlight device. The slider didn't move and when I removed the applet from my panel kicker crashed :-)
Looks like we have different user bases. ;-)
Dunno if there is any advantage for the users if we merge...

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farcaller

13 years ago

Still our applets do the same (and even look the same) so it would be nice to have one, that supports Mac and ASUS notebooks (with possible additions in future).
Also it might be possible to implement your backlight interface in kernel-space and publish it to user-space with common backlight class.

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cici

13 years ago

If you have ambitions to start a plugin enabled backlight applet, or invent a unified backlight api you have my best wishes and of course I will contribute to it, if there is anything I can do. My applet is a mere frontend for a console backlight adjuster, which needs root access (write access to /dev/mem) and was not written by me.

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kent1

13 years ago

isn't it only for MacBook pro (Non Intel based graphic card)?

When I lauch backlight I have that message :
Failed to detect ATI X1600, aborting..

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cici

13 years ago

Oh, you are right, the MacBook does not have an ATI graphic card. I will change the description.
You could try this tool (if you can compile it). It should have the same syntax as "backlight", so my KMacBacklight should handle it.
http://desrt.mcmaster.ca/code/macbook-backlight/

I only own a iMac with ATI X1600 :-/
Thank you for the report.

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cici

13 years ago

Yes, you should be able to compile it if you just copy the "macbook-backlight.c" as "backlight.c" to the "backlight" directory. The makefile works for both.

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13 years ago

KMacBacklight 0.2 [17 Feb 2007]:
- removed sudo, setuid should be enough

KMacBacklight 0.1 [16 Feb 2007]:
- initial release

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