Sometimes the hald started during boot goes into an unusable state which let for example the KDE power management system think that there is no battery;
ps(1) shows the situation like this:
885 - Ds 0:00,01 /usr/local/sbin/hald
890 - I 0:00,03 hald-runner
764 v0- I 0:00,01 /usr/local/sbin/hald
988 v0 R 0:00,00 fgrep hal
The proc (here 885) can not be killed, not even with -9, and a query for hal does not work:
$ qdbus --system
i.e. nothing about hald :-(
This is with system r285885 and ports r392920 (July 26).
Is this still relevant?
No maintainer feedback till now!
Please re-open if this is still an issue.