in Ubuntu 10.10 I really don't want any password on resume on my EeePC, so I have to run

gconftool-2 --set --type=bool /apps/gnome-power-manager/lock/suspend false

and I want two finger middle click, so I have to run

xinput set-prop "ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad" "Synaptics Tap Action" 8, 9, 0, 0, 1, 2, 3 (that gpointingdevice package can't do anything for me)

Those work, but only until the next resume. For some strange reason Ubuntu always overrides these changes.

I put both commands into a script in /etc/pm/sleep.d/ , but even then after resumes the changes are gone.

Where is this strange behavior coming from? And how do I make those changes permanent?

  • I'm not even able to comment anymore because I spent all my reputation on this bounty, but the answer that was auto-selected does not help at all. This is an unsolved and very annoying problem.
    – slikts
    May 24, 2011 at 8:23

4 Answers 4


You could add those commands in sh file

gconftool-2 --set --type=bool /apps/gnome-power-manager/lock/suspend false
xinput set-prop "ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad" "Synaptics Tap Action" 8, 9, 0, 0, 1, 2, 3

save it as startup.sh(for example) and put it in System->Preferences->Startup Applications. Oh and add permission executing this file as program in file context menu->Permissions

  • 1
    This answer is off the mark. He's asking about running a script on resume, because the touchpad settings get reset after resuming from sleep. /etc/pm/sleep.d/ doesn't work, because it probably runs too early.
    – slikts
    May 8, 2011 at 10:00

You should be aware that all sleep.d script run as root and could easily be the problem here.

  • You can add debugging information to your script such as echo "Touchpad command" which will then appear in the logs. More info

  • Open the logs by using Log File Viewer and find pm-suspend.log then search for the echo comments you added to your script and look for any errors.

  • If you need help deciphering the logs copy and paste them to dpaste and paste that link here.

  • You may be able to run these commands as another user with su username -c command


For Ubuntu Oneiric, you should use the new hotplug-command hook. Basically, you create a script using this template that calls xinput with your desired settings somewhere in your path, make it executable, and then:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.input-devices hotplug-command <script>

The script will be called on startup, resume, and whenever the device is plugged/unplugged.


I just added this as /etc/pm/sleep.d/99_touchpad (don't forget to chmod +x.) Works fine in Debian Wheezy so it should work the same in recent Ubuntu versions:

case "${1}" in
        DISPLAY=:0.0 su <username> -c /home/<username>/touchpad.sh

Substitute your own user name of course. My touchpad.sh (which is also called via "Startup Applications") is

dev="ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad"
# Use xinput --list-props "ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad" to list data
xinput set-prop "$dev" "Synaptics Tap Action" 8, 9, 0, 0, 1, 2, 3
xinput set-prop "$dev" "Synaptics Locked Drags" 1
xinput set-prop "$dev" "Synaptics Locked Drags Timeout" 500

to set locked dragging and two-finger middle click.

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