powered is the power event daemon. It is designed to replace the mode control entity (mce). powered will pretend to be mce if mce is not running. By default, the startup script for powered will stop mce before starting powered unless you edit /etc/default/powered. This means that powered is possibly reachable on DBus under two different names: org.maemo.Powered and

powered implements all of mce's DBus interface so replacing mce with powered should be completely transparent to applications. In addition to mce's functions, there are additional functions not available with mce. For example, you can selectively lock the touchscreen using powered's dbus interface. Unlike mce, powered was designed to do as little active stuff as possible. It simply passes events out via dbus and handles requests from dbus. This allows other programs to control the system interface completely.

The easiest way to communicate with powered is via the helper program powerline. For example, "powerline softpoweroff" will send the dbus call SoftPowerOff to powered. The method name is not case-sensitive.

DBus Interface

The definitive DBus interface for powered is here. You can also run "powerline introspect" to get the interface via DBus introspection.


powered reads /etc/powered.conf as its configuration file. It will also read LED patterns from /etc/mce/mce.ini. The format of this file is currently undocumented other than the comments that exist in the file.

Failsafe mode

The one active part of powered is a "failsafe mode" which can be customized in the config file. By default, if one holds down the power key for 5 seconds, powered goes into a failsafe mode for a short period of time (and the LEDs should blink). In this mode, you can press one hardware key and have it mapped to some action. For example, by default, the down key is mapped to /sbin/reboot. That means, if the system is frozen for some reason, you can enter failsafe mode, push down and reboot (similar to ctrl-alt-del).