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this script is derived from the file used for the Up2 board available at

Install shortcut

to install ACPI dependencies

sudo ./install_hooks

to add i2c/spi devices hooks

 sudo acpi-add <directory>/*.asl


ACPI Table upgrades can be included in the initrd image for the kernel, and will be used by the kernel instead of the tables provided by the BIOS if the revision number is newer.

This mechanism is documented here, along with a procedure for including the modified tables in the initrd image:

One disadvantage with this approach is that, if the initrd image is later updated (e.g. when installing a new kernel package), the ACPI table content is typically not propogated to the new initrd image generated for the new kernel.

To address this, and make the ACPI table upgrades easier to install, a hook script for initramfs-tools is provided in the 'hooks' sub-directory. This can be run automatically when a new initrd image is generated on a Debian/Ubuntu system, and will check for ACPI table upgrades as .aml files in /lib/firmware/acpi-upgrades/ and will includde them in the new initrd image if present.

Initial setup

On the target Debian/Ubuntu system (e.g. UP Board):

sudo cp hooks/acpi-upgrades /etc/initramfs-tools/hooks/
sudo mkdir -p /lib/firmware/acpi-upgrades

Adding ACPI table upgrades

Assuming you have one or more compiled .aml files that you wish to include in the initrd image:

sudo cp *.aml /lib/firmware/acpi-upgrades`

To update the initrd image to include the ACPI tables, for the active kernel only:

sudo update-initramfs -u -k `uname -r`

Or, to update the initrd image for all installed kernels:

sudo update-initramfs -u -k all

Note that the initrd image is generated/updated automatically when a new kernel image is installed from a .deb package.

Reboot to see your changes. After reboot, you should find lines like this early in the 'dmesg' output, corresponding with the .aml files that you added to the initrd image:

[    0.000000] ACPI: DSDT ACPI table found in initrd [kernel/firmware/acpi/dsdt.aml][0x16673]

Checking an initrd for ACPI table overlays

As the tables are appended to the beginning of the initrd, it should be enough to list the first entries from lsinitramfs, as in this example:

lsinitramfs /boot/initrd.img-4.8.0-34-generic | head