4 Equivalent Commands
NGnius edited this page 2023-10-09 16:30:11 +01:00

In case you still want some of the functionality, without the nice GUI, here's some equivalent commands. These should all be run as superuser, i.e. run sudo su and then run these commands in that.

NOTE: sysfs entries are subject to change with kernel updates. For example, hwmon indices may be incorrect if they were written for an older kernel. NGnius does not always keep this up to date with the latest numbers.

Enable & Disable CPU threads

Enable: echo 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu{cpu_number}/online where {cpu_number} is a number from 1 to 7 (inclusive).

Disable: echo 0 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu{cpu_number}/online where {cpu_number} is a number from 1 to 7 (inclusive).

NOTE: You cannot enable or disable cpu0, hence why there are only 7 in the range for 8 cpu threads.

Enable & Disable CPU SMT

Enable: echo on > /sys/devices/system/cpu/smt/control.

Disable: echo off > /sys/devices/system/cpu/smt/control.

Enable & Disable CPU boost

Enable: echo 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/boost enables boost across all threads.

Disable: echo 0 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/boost disables boost across all threads.

Set CPU frequency

Refer to #21

Old method

Use cpupower (usage: cpupower --help). This is not how PowerTools does it, but it's a multi-step process which can involve changing the CPU governor. All that can be done automatically by cpupower frequency-set --freq {frequency} where {frequency} is 1.7G, 2.4G or 2.8G.

Set GPU Power

Set Slow Powerplay Table (PPT):echo {microwatts} > /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon4/power1_cap where {microwatts} is a wattage in millionths of a Watt. This doesn't seem to do a lot.

Set Fast Powerplay Table (PPT): echo {microwatts} > /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon4/power2_cap where {microwatts} is a wattage in millionths of a Watt.

Get the entry limits for those two commands with cat /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon4/power{number}_cap_max where {number} is 1 (slowPPT) or 2 (fastPPT).

Set GPU frequency

Refer to #21

Set Fan speed

NOTE: PowerTools no longer supports this, since Fantastic does it much better.

Enable automatic control: echo 0 > /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon5/recalculate enables automatic fan control.

Disable automatic control: echo 1 > /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon5/recalculate disables automatic (temperature-based) fan control and starts using the set fan target instead.

Set the fan speed: echo {rpm} > /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon5/fan1_target where {rpm} is the RPM.

Read the actual fan RPM: cat /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon5/fan1_input gives the fan speed.

NOTE: There's a bug in the fan controller; if you enable automatic fan control it will forget any previously-set target despite it appearing to be set correctly (i.e. cat /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon5/fan1_target will display the correct value). When you disable automatic fan control, you will need to set the fan RPM again.

Get battery stats

Get the battery charge right now: cat /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon2/device/charge_now gives charge in uAh (uAh * 7.7/1000000 = charge in Wh).

Get the maximum battery capacity: cat /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon2/device/charge_full gives charge in uAh.

Get the design battery capacity: cat /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon2/device/charge_full_design gives charge in uAh.

Get battery current: cat /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon5/curr1_input gives the charger current in mA.

NOTE: 7.7 is the voltage of the battery -- it's not just a magic number.

Set battery charge rate

Set the charge rate: echo {rate} > /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon5/maximum_battery_charge_rate where {rate} is the charge rate in mA, between 250 and 2500 mA.

That file is write only, so changes cannot be directly observed.

Set battery charge mode

There exists a binary which may or may not be executable (depending on which SteamOS version) which can be used to set this and other things. More details in the issue. Unfortunately recent SteamOS updates have removed that part of the binary's functionality.

Refer to util.rs for how the firmware interface works.

Set battery charge limit

This also used to require the binary in this issue. Luckily this is replaced by a sysfs interface in SteamOS 3.5: /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon4/max_battery_charge_level. The number is the percent charge; 100 is full, 0 is empty.

Steam Deck kernel patches

This is how I figured out how the fan stuff works. I've only scratched the surface of what this code allows, I'm sure it has more useful information. https://lkml.org/lkml/2022/2/5/391

Game launch detection

let lifetimeHook = SteamClient.GameSessions.RegisterForAppLifetimeNotifications((update) => {
    if (update.bRunning) {
        console.log("AppID " + update.unAppID.toString() + " is now running");
    } else {
        console.log("AppID " + update.unAppID.toString() + " is no longer running");
        // game exit code here
        // NOTE: custom games always have 0 as AppID, so AppID is bad to use as ID
let startHook = SteamClient.Apps.RegisterForGameActionStart((actionType, id) => {
    let gameInfo: any = appStore.GetAppOverviewByGameID(id);
    // game start code here
    // NOTE: GameID (variable: id) is always unique, even for custom games, so it's better to use than AppID