Ever since I upgraded to 19.10, when I close the lid the laptop doesn't suspend anymore. It doesn't even lock the screen. It almost seems like the OS isn't picking up the close lid event. If I press the power button suspend works fine and resumes when I open the lid afterwards.

I have the 'suspend when lid is closed' option enabled in GNOME Tweaks.

Any idea on how to fix/debug this issue? I have a Dell XPS 15 9560.


With root priviledges, open /etc/systemd/logind.conf with a text editor:

sudo nano /etc/systemd/logind.conf 

Add this line to the file:


Save the changes and check if the desired behaviour is observed after reboot.

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First, make sure that pm-utils is installed.
sudo apt install pm-utils.
Then,edit the logind.conf file. You should always back up a critical file before changing it.
sudo cp /etc/systemd/logind.conf /etc/systemd/logind.conf.back.
Now, edit the file.
sudo gedit /etc/systemd/logind.conf
You'll see some lines like this.


What you have to do is to remove the # from some of the lines and change it’s value to


Now, restart your system and see if your laptop goes into suspend.

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  • I have it installed and the option set but the behavior is the same – Gonçalo Marrafa Jan 9 at 14:36

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