How it works
It measures an in/outbound network traffic and logs in given intervals. If the amount of data sent from the server don’t exceeds a set limit, the server suspends itself. It’s a very useful script intended to use in home servers that are not meant to be turned on constantly.
You can ‘wake’ your home server using wakeonlan tool by typing:
wakeonlan [server's MAC address]
And after the transmission (video streaming, file syncynig, torrent download) is ended it will suspend itself.
On Debian-based system you need to add a rule to sudoers file (sudo visudo):
user ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /usr/sbin/pm-suspend
to be able to execute te script correctly. Then setup a cron job like this:
crontab -e */15 **** sh /path/to/autosleep.sh
- Sometimes, especially after heavy downloading, it takes two cycles for the server to reach the set limit and go to sleep - so in my case, 30 minutes instead of 15.
- If you set a torrent download and leave it, remember that even after the downloading is completed, it’s still uploading. So unless you disable upload, the server won’t suspend because it’s still receiving / transmitting packages.
License & Download
This is just a modified version of a script I found in Ubuntu Forums, originally posted by the user vashwood. I claim no copyright to it.
You can download the latest version of the script from my Github repo.