Issues Installing NetBSD on a PineBook Pro
Oh you're not the first to have that dream! Smile
I had some spare time today (!) and made a simple script that you might find interesting.

$ cat ~/s/ModBright


level=`cat ~/.backlightlevel`
level=$(( $level + $1 ))

if [ "$level" -lt "0" ]; then

if [ "$level" -gt "255" ]; then

echo $level > ~/.backlightlevel
sudo sysctl -w hw.pwmbacklight0.level=$level

It requires 'sudo' unfortunately. But if you pass a value, it will dim or brighten the backlight. Passing "10" will increase the parameter by 10, passing "-15" will decrease the parameter by 15. I used xbindkeys and bound this script to the Alt comma and Alt period keys:

$ cat ~/.xbindkeysrc

#Mod4 is the Pine key

Mod4 + F1

Mod4 + F2

"sh ~/s/ModBright -10"
Alt + comma

"sh ~/s/ModBright 10"
Alt + period

You might prefer to use Mod4 + F1 and Mod4 + F2 (which is Pine + F1 and Pine + F2). As you can see, I did not because I have those in use already. We cannot use Fn + F1 and Fn + F2 because the keyboard firmware returns both keys as the same single key.

I run this as a script at KDE startup, but you could put it in .xinitrc:

sysctl -n hw.pwmbacklight0.level > ~/.backlightlevel

Surely there is a better way to do this, but until we get support for whatever the keyboard firmware does, it works. I'm not any kind of Unix guru, and I barely know how to make shell scripts work.
(01-24-2021, 12:09 PM)KC9UDX Wrote: Oh you're not the first to have that dream! Smile

Looking forward on the BSD PinePhone Wink
@KC9UDX , thanks for sharing that script. It reminds me somewhat of a similar hack I've done with Fluxbox to control MPD and take screenshots using ImageMagick. Though this uses 'aplay' on Linux, it could easily be tweaked to use mixerctl on NetBSD.

With regards to your script requiring sudo, it ought to be possible to edit /etc/sudoers by running 'visudo' on NetBSD and allow NOPASSWD for 'sysctl'. I typically also allow my login to run poweroff/reboot with NOPASSWD too. I haven't yet tried NOPASSWD on BSD but I'd make a high bet it works the same way.
there will be no peace when they release the geese
I have never tried such a thing, but it seems like that would require the sudo package as well, if it works.

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