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Thread: HOWTO: suspend mode (standby) by keyboard shortcut (Ubuntu 10.10)

  1. #1
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    Oct 2010

    Arrow HOWTO: suspend mode (standby) by keyboard shortcut (Ubuntu 10.10)


    I've written a small script to bring my Desktop PC into suspend (standby) mode by keyboard shortcut. You could use it like that:

    • make a directory in your home-dir called "bin"
    • copy the following script into ~/bin/ and make it executable (chmod +x
    • associate a keyboard shortcut in your Gnome preferences

    Best regards, pro...

    # avoid multiple execution
    [ $(pgrep -c "gnome-suspend") -ne 1 ] && exit 0
    # countdown to suspend mode in seconds
      for i in $(seq 1 $TIMEOUT); do
        let "p=100*i/TIMEOUT"
        echo $p
        let "t=TIMEOUT-i"
        echo "# System is brought to suspend mode in $t seconds ..."
        sleep 1
    ) | zenity --progress --title="System shutdown" --percentage=0 --auto-close
    # shutdown aborted
    [ "$?" -ne 0 ] && exit 0
    # suspend mode
    gnome-screensaver-command --lock
    dbus-send --print-reply --system --dest=org.freedesktop.UPower \
        /org/freedesktop/UPower org.freedesktop.UPower.Suspend

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Wisconsin, US
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Talking Re: HOWTO: suspend mode (standby) by keyboard shortcut (Ubuntu 10.10)

    Hi Pro!

    Just wanted to say thanks for an excellent script. It works exactly as advertised! I reduced the countdown timer, and removed the password protection, and it still worked beautifully.

    As a quick side note, apparently as of 10.10, the Fn+F1 combo on the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-PU17 works just fine for standby now... When I mapped this script that combo, the "natural" standby actually over-rode this script, much to my suprise (suddenly no countdown-that's the only way I could tell).

    But thanks again, pro1. This script is 100% effective for mapping standby to a keyboard shortcut.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Edubuntu 6.06 Dapper

    Re: HOWTO: suspend mode (standby) by keyboard shortcut (Ubuntu 10.10)

    Your "-ne 1" part should probably be "-gt 0", otherwise a zero will be sent back the first time it runs which will exit it prematurely.

    The problem is that during the zenity timeout part, gnome-suspend is not running yet, so it can't exit if the timeout only is running. Do you know how to make it exit when just the timeout part is running?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2010

    Re: HOWTO: suspend mode (standby) by keyboard shortcut (Ubuntu 10.10)

    Pro1, how did you find the actual command and its arguments that are invoked for a suspend?


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