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PMSET(1)			   BSD General Commands Manual				 PMSET(1)

     pmset -- manipulate power management settings

     pmset [-a | -b | -c | -u] [setting value] [...]
     pmset -u [haltlevel percent] [haltafter minutes] [haltremain minutes]
     pmset -g [option]
     pmset schedule [cancel] type date+time [owner]
     pmset repeat cancel
     pmset repeat type weekdays time
     pmset relative wake seconds
     pmset [touch | sleepnow | displaysleepnow | lock | boot]

     pmset manages power management settings such as idle sleep timing, wake on administrative
     access, automatic restart on power loss, etc.

     Note that processes may dynamically override these power management settings by using I/O
     Kit power assertions.  Whenever processes override any system power settings, pmset will
     list those processes and their power assertions in -g and -g assertions. See caffeinate(8).

     pmset can modify the values of any of the power management settings defined below. You may
     specify one or more setting & value pairs on the command-line invocation of pmset.  The -a,
     -b, -c, -u flags determine whether the settings apply to battery ( -b ), charger (wall
     power) ( -c ), UPS ( -u ) or all ( -a ).

     Use a minutes argument of 0 to set the idle time to never for sleep disksleep and

     pmset must be run as root in order to modify any settings.

     displaysleep - display sleep timer; replaces 'dim' argument in 10.4 (value in minutes, or 0
     to disable)
     disksleep - disk spindown timer; replaces 'spindown' argument in 10.4 (value in minutes, or
     0 to disable)
     sleep - system sleep timer (value in minutes, or 0 to disable)
     womp - wake on ethernet magic packet (value = 0/1)
     ring - wake on modem ring (value = 0/1)
     autorestart - automatic restart on power loss (value = 0/1)
     lidwake - wake the machine when the laptop lid (or clamshell) is opened (value = 0/1)
     acwake - wake the machine when power source (AC/battery) is changed (value = 0/1)
     lessbright - slightly turn down display brightness when switching to this power source
     (value = 0/1)
     halfdim - display sleep will use an intermediate half-brightness state between full bright-
     ness and fully off  (value = 0/1)
     sms - use Sudden Motion Sensor to park disk heads on sudden changes in G force (value = 0/1)
     hibernatemode - change hibernation mode. Please use caution. (value = integer)
     hibernatefile - change hibernation image file location. Image may only be located on the
     root volume. Please use caution. (value = path)
     ttyskeepawake - prevent idle system sleep when any tty (e.g. remote login session) is
     'active'. A tty is 'inactive' only when its idle time exceeds the system sleep timer. (value
     = 0/1)
     networkoversleep - this setting affects how OS X networking presents shared network services
     during system sleep. This setting is not used by all platforms; changing its value is unsup-
     destroyfvkeyonstandby - Destroy File Vault Key when going to standby mode. By default File
     vault keys are retained even when system goes to standby. If the keys are destroyed, user
     will be prompted to enter the password while coming out of standby mode.(value: 1 - Destroy,
     0 - Retain)
     autopoweroff - Where supported, enabled per default as an implementation of Lot 6 to the
     European Energy-related Products Directive. After sleeping for <autopoweroffdelay> minutes,
     the system will write a hibernation image and go into a lower power chipset sleep. Wakeups
     from this state will take longer than wakeups from regular sleep. The system will not auto
     power off if any external devices are connected, if the system is on battery power, or if
     the system is bound to a network and wake for network access is enabled.
     autopoweroffdelay - delay before entering autopoweroff mode. (Value = integer, in minutes)

     -g (with no argument) will display the settings currently in use.
     -g live displays the settings currently in use.
     -g custom displays custom settings for all power sources.
     -g cap displays which power management features the machine supports.
     -g sched displays scheduled startup/wake and shutdown/sleep events.
     -g ups displays UPS emergency thresholds.
     -g ps / batt displays status of batteries and UPSs.
     -g pslog displays an ongoing log of power source (battery and UPS) state.
     -g rawlog displays an ongoing log of battery state as read directly from battery.
     -g therm shows thermal conditions that affect CPU speed. Not available on all platforms.
     -g thermlog shows a log of thermal notifications that affect CPU speed. Not available on all
     -g assertions displays a summary of power assertions. Assertions may prevent system sleep or
     display sleep. Available 10.6 and later.
     -g assertionslog shows a log of assertion creations and releases. Available 10.6 and later.
     -g sysload displays the "system load advisory" - a summary of system activity available from
     the IOGetSystemLoadAdvisory API. Available 10.6 and later.
     -g sysloadlog displays an ongoing log of lives changes to the system load advisory. Avail-
     able 10.6 and later.
     -g ac / adapter will display details about an attached AC power adapter. Only supported for
     MacBook and MacBook Pro.
     -g log displays a history of sleeps, wakes, and other power management events. This log is
     for admin & debugging purposes.
     -g uuid displays the currently active sleep/wake UUID; used within OS X to correlate
     sleep/wake activity within one sleep cycle.  history
     -g uuidlog displays the currently active sleep/wake UUID, and prints a new UUID as they're
     set by the system.
     -g history is a debugging tool. Prints a timeline of system sleeplwake UUIDs, when enabled
     with boot-arg io=0x3000000.
     -g historydetailed Prints driver-level timings for a sleep/wake. Pass a UUID as an argument.
     -g powerstate [class names] Prints the current power states for I/O Kit drivers. Caller may
     provide one or more I/O Kit class names (separated by spaces) as an argument. If no classes
     are provided, it will print all drivers' power states.
     -g powerstatelog [-i interval] [class names] Periodically prints the power state residency
     times for some drivers. Caller may provide one or more I/O Kit class names (separated by
     spaces). If no classes are provided, it will log the IOPower plane's root registry entry.
     Caller may specify a polling interval, in seconds with -i <polling interval>; otherwise it
     defaults to 5 seconds.
     -g stats Prints the counts for number sleeps and wakes system has gone thru since boot.
     -g systemstate Prints the current power state of the system and available capabilites.
     -g everything Prints output from every argument under the GETTING header. This is useful for
     quickly collecting all the output that pmset provides. Available in 10.8.

     hibernatemode takes a bitfield argument defining SafeSleep behavior. Passing 0 disables
     SafeSleep altogether, forcing the computer into a regular sleep.

     0000 0001 (bit 0) enables hibernation; causes OS X to write memory state to hibernation
     image at sleep time. On wake (without bit 1 set) OS X will resume from the hibernation
     image. Bit 0 set (without bit 1 set) causes OS X to write memory state and immediately
     hibernate at sleep time.

     0000 0010 (bit 1), in conjunction with bit 0, causes OS X to maintain system state in memory
     and leave system power on until battery level drops below a near empty threshold (This
     enables quicker wakeup from memory while battery power is available). Upon nearly emptying
     the battery, OS X shuts off all system power and hibernates; on wake the system will resume
     from hibernation image, not from memory.

     0000 1000 (bit 3) encourages the dynamic pager to page out inactive pages prior to hiberna-
     tion, for a smaller memory footprint.

     0001 0000 (bit 4) encourages the dynamic pager to page out more aggressively prior to hiber-
     nation, for a smaller memory footprint.

     We do not recommend modifying hibernation settings. Any changes you make are not supported.
     If you choose to do so anyway, we recommend using one of these three settings. For your sake
     and mine, please don't use anything other 0, 3, or 25.

     hibernatemode = 0 (binary 0000) by default on supported desktops. The system will not back
     memory up to persistent storage. The system must wake from the contents of memory; the sys-
     tem will lose context on power loss. This is, historically, plain old sleep.

     hibernatemode = 3 (binary 0011) by default on supported portables. The system will store a
     copy of memory to persistent storage (the disk), and will power memory during sleep. The
     system will wake from memory, unless a power loss forces it to restore from disk image.

     hibernatemode = 25 (binary 0001 1001) is only settable via pmset. The system will store a
     copy of memory to persistent storage (the disk), and will remove power to memory. The system
     will restore from disk image. If you want "hibernation" - slower sleeps, slower wakes, and
     better battery life, you should use this setting.

     Please note that hibernatefile may only point to a file located on the root volume.

     standby causes kernel power management to automatically hibernate a machine after it has
     slept for a specified time period. This saves power while asleep. This setting defaults to
     ON for supported hardware. The setting standby will be visible in pmset -g if the feature is
     supported on this machine.

     standby only works if hibernation is turned on to hibernatemode 3 or 25.

     standbydelay specifies the delay, in seconds, before writing the hibernation image to disk
     and powering off memory for Standby.

     UPS-specific arguments are only valid following the -u option. UPS settings also have an
     on/off value. Use a -1 argument instead of percent or minutes to turn any of these settings
     off. If multiple halt conditions are specified, the system will halt on the first condition
     that occurs in a low power situation.

     haltlevel - when draining UPS battery, battery level at which to trigger an emergency shut-
     down (value in %)
     haltafter - when draining UPS battery, trigger emergency shutdown after this long running on
     UPS power (value in minutes, or 0 to disable)
     haltremain - when draining UPS battery, trigger emergency shutdown when this much time
     remaining on UPS power is estimated (value in minutes, or 0 to disable)

     Note: None of these settings are observed on a system with support for an internal battery,
     such as a laptop. UPS emergency shutdown settings are for desktop and server only.

     pmset allows you to schedule system sleep, shutdown, wakeup and/or power on. "schedule" is
     for setting up one-time power events, and "repeat" is for setting up daily/weekly power on
     and power off events. Note that you may only have one pair of repeating events scheduled - a
     "power on" event and a "power off" event. For sleep cycling applications, pmset can schedule
     a "relative" wakeup to occur in seconds from the end of system sleep, but this event cannot
     be cancelled and is inherently imprecise.

     type - one of sleep, wake, poweron, shutdown, wakeorpoweron
     date/time - "MM/dd/yy HH:mm:ss" (in 24 hour format; must be in quotes)
     time - HH:mm:ss
     weekdays - a subset of MTWRFSU ("M" and "MTWRF" are valid strings)
     owner - a string describing the person or program who is scheduling this one-time power
     event (optional)

     -g with a 'batt' or 'ps' argument will show the state of all attached power sources.

     -g with a 'pslog' or 'rawlog' argument is normally used for debugging, such as isolating a
     problem with an aging battery.

     boot - tell the kernel that system boot is complete (normally LoginWindow does this). May be
     useful to Darwin users.
     force - tells PM to immediately activate these settings. Does not write them to disk, and
     the settings may easily be overwritten. Useful in circumstances where PM's configd plugin
     happens not to be running.
     touch - PM re-reads existing settings from disk.
     noidle - pmset prevents idle sleep my creating a PM assertion to prevent idle sleep(while
     running; hit ctrl-c to cancel). This argument is deprecated in favor of caffeinate(8).
     Please use caffeinate(8) instead.
     sleepnow - causes an immediate system sleep
     displaysleepnow - causes display to go to sleep immediately
     resetdisplayambientparams - resets the ambient light parameters for certain Apple displays.
     dim - deprecated in 10.4 in favor of 'displaysleep'. 'dim' will continue to work.
     spindown - deprecated in 10.4 in favor of 'disksleep'. 'spindown' will continue to work.

     This command sets displaysleep to a 5 minute timer on battery power, leaving other settings
     on battery power and other power sources unperturbed.

     pmset -b displaysleep 5

     Sets displaysleep to 10, disksleep to 10, system sleep to 30, and turns on WakeOnMagicPacket
     for ALL power sources (AC, Battery, and UPS) as appropriate

     pmset -a displaysleep 10 disksleep 10 sleep 30 womp 1

     Restores the system's energy settings to their default values.

     For a system with an attached and supported UPS, this instructs the system to perform an
     emergency shutdown when UPS battery drains to below 40%.

     pmset -u haltlevel 40

     For a system with an attached and supported UPS, this instructs the system to perform an
     emergency shutdown when UPS battery drains to below 25%, or when the UPS estimates it has
     less than 30 minutes remaining runtime. The system shuts down as soon as either of these
     conditions is met.

     pmset -u haltlevel 25 haltremain 30

     For a system with an attached and supported UPS, this instructs the system to perform an
     emergency shutdown after 2 minutes of running on UPS battery power.

     pmset -u haltafter 2

     Schedules the system to automatically wake from sleep on July 4, 20016, at 8PM.

     pmset schedule wake "07/04/16 20:00:00"

     Schedules a repeating shutdown to occur each day, Tuesday through Saturday, at 11AM.

     pmset repeat shutdown TWRFS 11:00:00

     Schedules a repeating wake or power on event every tuesday at 12:00 noon, and a repeating
     sleep event every night at 8:00 PM.

     pmset repeat wakeorpoweron T 12:00:00 sleep MTWRFSU 20:00:00

     Prints the power management settings in use by the system.

     pmset -g

     Prints a snapshot of battery/power source state at the moment.

     pmset -g batt

     If your system suddenly sleeps on battery power with 20-50% of capacity remaining, leave
     this command running in a Terminal window. When you see the problem and later power and wake
     the computer, you'll be able to detect sudden discontinuities (like a jump from 30% to 0%)
     indicative of an aging battery.

     pmset -g pslog


     All changes made through pmset are saved in a persistent preferences file (per-system, not
     per-user) at /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.PowerManagement.plist

     Scheduled power on/off events are stored separately in

     pmset modifies the same file that System Preferences Energy Saver modifies.

Darwin					 November 9, 2012				   Darwin

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