your rudeness notwithstanding, you claim that your chumby is rebooting in the middle of the night, you *guess* due to power cycling.
again, i ask, have you logged into it and checked uptime to verify that it has actually rebooted?
do you have other evidence that it's power losses that are causing it? rebooted computers, flashing alarm clo...
you know what? I don't care anymore.
wait and complain, and whatever else makes you happy.
I had a feeling you'd respond like that, and also that I'd feel compelled to reply. It seems that you're mainly trying to save face, whereas I'm mainly trying to prevent Duane from thinking that your solution works for all.
If I'm awoken in the middle of the night, my primary concern is getting back to sleep ASAP. The fastest way to achieve this is to hit the power button and shut-down the C8 altogether. Navigating through the menu system to put it back into night-mode manually - so that I can analyse the uptime when I get up hours later - would only wake me up further.
Given that the problem occurs here very rarely, it might be some time before it happens again. When it does, I will still want to shut the damn thing down as quickly as possible and get back to sleep. So, I don't know that I'll ever be willing to get the information you're requesting.
If implemented correctly, the solution I've asked Duane to port over from the classic will work for everyone in this thread. This is assuming that: the C8 control panel is automatically restarted after crashing; the "/tmp/nightmode" file is removed when this happens (i.e. because it's back in day-mode).
With this in mind, it doesn't really matter what's causing my C8 to drop out of night-mode. However, I mentioned in an earlier post (34) my reasons for thinking that power cycling is probably to blame in my case.
I get the impression that Duane didn't need to read any of this because he knew it already. That's probably why he has already agreed to accede to my request (at some stage).
This is why I wrote way back in post 31 that "I'm really only hoping for replies from Duane on this matter". You say you don't care anymore; from my perspective, it would've been better if you never had. Are you ready to quit now, or must we continue to waste each other's time?
I think that all of you are missing the obvious solution. Simply create an alarm/task for every minute that you sleep to put the device into night mode. At worst, you'll only face the bright screen for one minute.
or just buy a UPS.
Good on you for thinking outside the box. However, I can tell you that I've already tried forcing my C8 (back) into night-mode every minute via a cron job. If it's already in night-mode, and is then instructed to go back into it again, this unfortunately causes the screen to flicker (back into day-mode) momentarily. I wouldn't want this to be happening every minute throughout the night.
Regarding your other suggestion, I'd prefer not to have to fork out for a UPS for my bedroom :-).