Ubuntu – How to prevent the Power button to shutdown directly the system


I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 13.10. When I press my power button, my computer immediately shuts down. In Ubuntu 13.04 I got a nice menu, where I could choose what to do. It is gone now and I want it back. Here is my /etc/acpi/powerbtn.sh in pastebin.

I already did

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power button-WORD 'interactive'

where WORD is hibernate, power, sleep and suspend.

Best Answer

Check your /etc/systemd/logind.conf file. It should look like this:


Uncomment the line that says #HandlePowerKey=poweroff and change the value to ignore.

Then restart the logind with the command: sudo restart systemd-logind or reboot your computer.

EDIT: how to create a new acpi handler Create a new file in /etc/acpi/events/. The content of the file should be:


where <acpi_event_code> is the code you get using the acpi_listen tool and <script_to_call> is the full path to the script you wish to call when that event happens.

They must have changed something in 13.10 because it seems that I have too few files in my /etc/accpi/events folder compared to the 13.04.