Thinkpad smapi and Realtime Linux

The tp_smapi driver provides for Battery charge/discharge control and improved stability for the HDAPS driver. However the latest version (as of writing 0.40) does not work with a real-time patched Linux-kernel.

The problem is that rt-linux uses a new mechanism for mutex-locking, which allows preemption and is incompatible with current Linux-mainline. In order to get the tp_smapi driver compile with rt-linux you need to replace the MUTEX locks. I came up with a simple patch that applies to tp_smapi 0.40 to just do that.

Tested with linux More information on tp_smapi can be found at


blog/thinkpad_smapi_and_realtime_linux.txt · Last modified: 12.11.2009 22:26 by rgareus