ArchLinux has completly replaced rc.conf with systemd. I used /etc/rc.local to modprobe radeon module and turn it off using vgaswitcheroo.

modprobe radeon && echo OFF > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch

But, there is no rc.conf in ArchLinux anymore. How can I do it with systemd ?

  • You should be using /etc/modules, not your init system for this.
    – jordanm
    Dec 3, 2012 at 20:36

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So the first thing you will do is have Arch automatically load the radeon module at boot.

To do this, add a file to the /etc/modules-load.d directory, for example:

# echo radeon > /etc/modules-load.d/radeon.conf

The second thing is to have vgaswitcheroo do its magic to switch off the disconnected graphics adapter. Arch has a systemd-vgaswitcheroo-units package which may help you accomplish this. It echoes OFF at startup, and ON at shutdown. To enable it, use:

# systemctl enable vgaswitcheroo.service

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