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laptop-mode-tools is the userland component of laptop mode, the Linux kernel mode that allows you to spin down your hard drives for longer periods of time. This package takes care of configuration and activation of laptop-mode, automatically remounting your filesystems with the appropriate options, and modifying the idle timeouts for your hard drives. Laptop mode tools integrate with power management daemons such as acpid, apmd and pbbuttonsd, so that laptop mode is started automatically when your laptop is running on batteries.

Project Homepage / Availability


  • stable, active



  • The Project Home Page holds installation instructions.
  • There is a FAQ.
  • Read /lib/modules/`uname -r`/source/Documentation/laptop-mode.txt on your system.
  • The configuration file (/etc/laptop-mode/laptop-mode.conf) is well-commented, and a verbose manual page is available for it as well.