Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 475658
[LTC 5.4 FEAT] Enable Power Button on Cell Blades 
Last modified: 2009-09-02 04:15:59 EDT
Emily J. Ratliff <firstname.lastname@example.org> -
1. Feature Overview:
Feature Id: 
a. Name of Feature: Enable Power Button on Cell Blades
b. Feature Description
This feature request adds support for the power button on IBM Cell blades. It actually doesn't shut
down the machine. Instead it exposes an input device /dev/input/event0 to userspace which sends
KEY_POWER if power button has been pressed.
2. Feature Details:
Arch Specificity: Purely Arch Specific Code
Affects Core Kernel: Yes
Delivery Mechanism: Backport
Request Type: Kernel - Enhancement from Upstream
d. Upstream Acceptance: Accepted
Sponsor Priority 1
f. Severity: High
IBM Confidential: no
Code Contribution: IBM code
g. Component Version Target: kernel 2.6.27
3. Business Case
Further usability enhancement to leverage the Cell platform
4. Primary contact at Red Hat:
5. Primary contacts at Partner:
Project Management Contact:
Hanns-Joachim Uhl, email@example.com, 49-7031-16-4198
Hanns-Joachim Uhl, firstname.lastname@example.org
See also LTC bug 46067 - RIT 190135 - Power Button not working on Cell Blades to shutdown the blade for more information.
IBM is signed up to test and provide feedback.
*** Bug 46067 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Hello Red Hat,
fyi ... for this RHEL5.4 feature request also the most current BMC firmware for QS22 from
has to be installed on the QS22 ...
... and this feature works only on QS22, not on QS21.
Thanks for your support.
RHKL post 1/2:
this test procedure can be used to test the powerbutton:
1. ssh into the machine with X forwarding (or use a vnc session)
2. run "modprobe cbe_powerbutton"
3. run "gnome-power-preferences" and configure "shutdown" as action for powerbutton (default is "ask me")
4. run "gnome-power-manager"
5. press the powerbutton
System will power down now.
To have gnome-power-manager without X forwarding one would need to start gdm (and thus gnome-power-manager) on top of Xvnc or Xvfb.
Updating PM score.
You can download this test kernel from http://people.redhat.com/dzickus/el5
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This enhancement request was evaluated by the full Red Hat Enterprise Linux
team for inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux minor release. As a
result of this evaluation, Red Hat has tentatively approved inclusion of
this feature in the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update minor release.
While it is a goal to include this enhancement in the next minor release
of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the enhancement is not yet committed for
inclusion in the next minor release pending the next phase of actual
code integration and successful Red Hat and partner testing.
I verified the module loads cleanly and displays information in dmesg:
[root@c4b5 ~]# modprobe cbe_powerbutton
[root@c4b5 ~]# dmesg
pmi: found pmi device at addr d000080080cd0000.
input: Power Button as /class/input/input0
Thanks for including the patch.
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------- Comment From email@example.com 2009-07-09 04:37 EDT-------
Verified in RHEL 5.4 Beta .. closing Bugzilla
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