Since the last update of Ubuntu 14.04, when I press the sleep button in my laptop, a pop-up window appears with "Authentication is required for suspending the system".

Password is not requested when closing the lid. However, this doesn't work when another monitor is plugged in.

Is there anything that can be set up (in sudoers or somewhere else) to avoid this password prompt?

  • You can find solution here http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1466504
    – vembutech
    Oct 31, 2014 at 7:44
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    No, I can't. The question is about how to avoid password before suspending, not after.
    – arauzo
    Oct 31, 2014 at 7:48

2 Answers 2

  1. In command line run:

    locate -b org.freedesktop.login1.policy

    The found file is /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.freedesktop.login1.policy.

  2. In the file, near line

    <action id="org.freedesktop.login1.suspend">

    check these:



  • For Ubuntu 15.10 (wily) such solution should work as well.
    – Vedavrat
    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:54
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    It does not ask me for password anymore, but I do not remember doing anything and I have those lines to <allow_any>auth_admin_keep</allow_any> What do they mean? Is there any security concern with changing them to "yes"?
    – arauzo
    Nov 22, 2015 at 21:19
  • Here I needed also to change <action id="org.freedesktop.login1.suspend-multiple-sessions">;
    – sdlins
    Nov 5, 2016 at 16:30
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    Does any authoritative source really advise this? Files in /usr/share should not be edited; that prefix is intended for read-only files installed by packages and not modified by users. The proper way is to copy the file to another, equivalent location like /etc, where editing is allowed, then make changes there. It would also be preferable to explain why these changes fix the problem, i.e. what the original problem is - e.g. what the (in my case) previous value of auth_admin_keep means, and why it's not right. Nov 8, 2017 at 19:40
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    According to Arch Linux wiki, editing the .policy files is NOT the correct way.
    – mja
    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:42

Using Polkit

Add yourself to users group by

sudo usermod -aG users "$USER"

You need to reboot your computer after the following steps.

1. If PolKit version >= 0.106

You can check version of Polkit by: pkaction --version

If PolKit version < 0.106, there are NO .rules files but only old .pkla and .conf files because those Polkit versions do not have the Javascript interpreter.

Just adding a file /etc/polkit-1/rules.d/85-suspend.rules with:

polkit.addRule(function(action, subject) {
    if (action.id == "org.freedesktop.login1.suspend" &&
        subject.isInGroup("users")) {
        return polkit.Result.YES;

And in Terminal, type:

sudo chmod 755 /etc/polkit-1/rules.d
sudo chmod 644 /etc/polkit-1/rules.d/85-suspend.rules

2. If PolKit version < 0.106

In this case, adding a file /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/50-enable-suspend-on-lockscreen.pkla with:

[Allow suspending in lockscreen]

In bash, type:

sudo chmod 644 /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/50-enable-suspend-on-lockscreen.pkla

More about pklocalauthority

Using Power Manager settings (not sure if it works)

In XFCE Power Manager:

  1. Under the Security tab:

    • Set Automatically lock the session to Never
    • Check Lock the screen when the system is going for sleep
  2. Under the Display tab, blank the screen after 15 minutes. Set Sleep and Switch off times to be disabled (greyed out).
  3. Under the System tab, set system sleep mode to Suspend after an half of hour.


  • 1
    In xfce4, the settings change works
    – chaskes
    Feb 19, 2018 at 1:12

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