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I recently upgraded to the latest version (13.10). I have it running on an old laptop. Since the upgrade, whenever I close the laptop lid, it goes to sleep mode.

Any idea on how to fix?

I've tried the solution here:

Keep Ubuntu Server running on a laptop with the lid closed?

After installing acpi-support I don't have the file: /etc/acpi/event/lidbtn to edit.

Your help is appreciated!

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after i read your question, i checked my system settings. in ubuntu 13.04 in system settings - power i had chosen 'when lid is closed do nothing' but now, after the upgrade to 13.10 it is changed in 'when lid is closed suspend'. so i think you have to change it manually. – user85164 Oct 17 '13 at 23:47
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I've had the same problem and after a lot of reading, I realized that Ubuntu 13.10 uses systemd-logind and it handles the lid close event. To disable entering the sleep mode edit the /etc/systemd/logind.conf file and uncomment/modify/add the line:


Then execute sudo restart systemd-logind or simply reboot.

This has solved the problem on my PC.

Update for 15.04

I'm not sure if Ubuntu 15.04 already switched to systemd completely. If so, the new command for restarting the service is sudo systemctl restart systemd-logind.service.

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I get Unknown job: systemd-logind... – Alex Nov 13 '13 at 15:06
Are you running Ubuntu 13.10? – jeremija Nov 13 '13 at 19:18
switching this line to HandleLidSwitch=hibernate brought back the 13.04 functionality – Iain Ballard Feb 10 '14 at 21:23
+1. Still works nicely on 14.04 as well. – Ward Muylaert Aug 2 '14 at 14:10
@jeremija Using 14.10 beta here; either it's broken in it, or they changed it. Sorry, should've thought of that :) – DanielSmedegaardBuus Apr 14 '15 at 17:06

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