cpupower fails sometime to execute with this error :

cpupower: error while loading shared libraries: libcpupower.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

I've compiled and installed the last cpupower tool from sources on my workstation.

The Makefile install command installs the libs in /usr/local/lib and my LD_LIBRARY_PATH is set accordingly :

syl@WorkStation-T3500:~$ echo $LD_LIBRARY_PATH 

lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root     20 juin  26 11:46 libcpupower.so -> libcpupower.so.0.0.1
lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root     20 juin  26 11:46 libcpupower.so.0 -> libcpupower.so.0.0.1

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 77048 juin 26 11:46 libcpupower.so.0.0.1 l

A simple cpupower info query works nice :

syl@WorkStation-T3500:~$ cpupower frequency-info
analyzing CPU 0:
driver: intel_pstate
CPUs which run at the same hardware frequency: 0
CPUs which need to have their frequency coordinated by software: 0
maximum transition latency:  Cannot determine or is not supported.
hardware limits: 1.20 GHz - 3.20 GHz
available cpufreq governors: performance powersave
current policy: frequency should be within 1.20 GHz and 3.20 GHz.
              The governor "powersave" may decide which speed to use
              within this range.
current CPU frequency: Unable to call hardware
current CPU frequency: 1.20 GHz (asserted by call to kernel)
boost state support:
Supported: yes
Active: yes

Nervetheless, here is what happens when I try to set some policy :

syl@WorkStation-T3500:~$ sudo cpupower frequency-set --governor userspace
cpupower: error while loading shared libraries: libcpupower.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

May I ask you some hints about this strange issue ?

All the best


  • Is your LD_LIBRARY_PATH set correctly for the root user? – Time4Tea Jun 26 '18 at 10:34

I found out that LD_LIBRARY_PATH proper initialization is not enough, I had to add the lib path into /etc/ld.so.conf.d/x86_64-linux-gnu.conf :

syl@WorkStation-T3500:~$ sudo vim /etc/ld.so.conf.d/x86_64-linux-gnu.conf

# Multiarch support

Then :

syl@WorkStation-T3500:~$ sudo ldconfig

Which makes the thing work, but I cannot understand this :

 syl@WorkStation-T3500:~$ sudo cpupower frequency-set --governor userspace Setting cpu: 0
Error setting new values. Common errors:
- Do you have proper administration rights? (super-user?)
- Is the governor you requested available and modprobed?
- Trying to set an invalid policy?
- Trying to set a specific frequency, but userspace governor is not available,
for example because of hardware which cannot be set to a specific frequency or because the userspace governor isn't loaded?

Ok, nothing remains except to understand why this command is not operational...

Cheers !



The intel_pstate driver accepts only powersave or performance policy governors, not userspace. This restriction is enforced in the <kernel source>/drivers/cpufreq/intel_pstate.c file, by function intel_pstate_verify_policy:

static int intel_pstate_verify_policy(struct cpufreq_policy *policy)
        struct cpudata *cpu = all_cpu_data[policy->cpu];

        cpufreq_verify_within_limits(policy, policy->cpuinfo.min_freq,

        if (policy->policy != CPUFREQ_POLICY_POWERSAVE &&
            policy->policy != CPUFREQ_POLICY_PERFORMANCE)
                return -EINVAL;

        intel_pstate_adjust_policy_max(policy, cpu);

        return 0;

If you really need to use the userspace governor, you'll need to switch to another CPUFreq driver. See this question for more details.

  • Many thanks for this hint, yes I came accross this point googling. – Sylvain Rousseau Jun 26 '18 at 13:19

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