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hald useless while conserving power

hal-0.5.9 has been stablilized, which I’ve been waiting for to test changing hald’s polling behavior. powerTOP shows that hal causes wakeups on ide0 10 times per second.

13.2% ( 9.6) : ide0

Confusingly, the manpage for hal-disable-polling says in part: “The purpose of the hald-addon-storage addon is simply to open the special device file at a regular interval (either every 2 or every 16 seconds) to check for new media.” So why do the ide0 interrupts happen so often? Furthermore, if I disable polling on the DVD drive automounting for other devices like my usb flash drive stops working also.