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How can I set up a keyboard shortcut that I can use instead of clicking this menu item?


I have read about various terminal commands for suspending which I could easily assign to a keyboard shortcut, but all have required the use of sudo. I am looking for a solution that I can use on a system where I do not have administer privileges.

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  1. Install the powermanagement-interface package first, it provides the pmi command we will use to suspend.
    UPDATE: I looked at the source for pmi and the command it uses to suspend is:

    dbus-send --system --print-reply --dest="org.freedesktop.UPower" /org/freedesktop/UPower org.freedesktop.UPower.Suspend

    If you can't install pmi, replace pmi action suspend with that command in the next step.

  2. Open up System -> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts, click on Add and put pmi action suspend as the command.

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  3. Click on the newly created shortcut entry, and set the shortcut keys.

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On Precise I had to apt-get install hal but working nicely now. – Cas Aug 10 '12 at 22:16
Doesn't work for me in 14.04 – metakermit Aug 9 '14 at 12:44
found the answer on this question, using the full command for suspend as the shortcut action, on Ubuntu 15.10… – Nick Jan 29 at 11:15

Same as above, but use this command instead:

dbus-send --system --print-reply --dest=org.freedesktop.login1 /org/freedesktop/login1 "org.freedesktop.login1.Manager.Suspend" boolean:true


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This really should be an edit. – muru Oct 28 '14 at 23:27

For Ubuntu 15.04. and later you have to use

systemctl suspend

Reason: Ubuntu switched from upstart to systemd.

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