I disabled most of my entries in /proc/acpi/wakeup/ to make sure only the power button and the laptop lid can resume my system, not the mouse or keyboard. The problem is: every time I reboot, the settings are reset for some reason.

Is there a way to make these changes permanent? There are some workaround out there that just put the commands into a script hooked to some wakeup routine, but is there really no other solution?

I'm using a Debian/Gnome Windows 10 dual boot laptop

  • Can you set it in the bios? Or uefi as it probably is now..
    – Guy
    Jan 19, 2018 at 12:49
  • Nope I checked all my BIOS settings and found nothing helpful there
    – piegames
    Jan 19, 2018 at 14:44
  • old question, but for people looking for a modern solution, you can use systemd-tmpfiles (as explained there : wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/…)
    – Nephanth
    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:15

6 Answers 6


For a USB mouse or keyboard, you can use a udev rule to make the setting permanent. First, look up the PCI vendor ID of your mouse/keyboard using lsusb. For my mouse, it's 046d:

Bus 001 Device 006: ID 046d:c52b Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver

Then create a "rules" file like my /etc/udev/rules.d/logitech.rules, only replace "046d" with the vendor ID of your own device:

ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", DRIVERS=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="046d", ATTR{power/wakeup}="disabled"
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    I believe this is the correct answer. And it is preferable for modern systems unlike the /etc/rc.local solution suggested below.
    – scrutari
    Dec 4, 2020 at 19:41
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    It could help to reload the rule: udevadm control --reload-rules
    – sanmai
    May 17, 2021 at 0:15
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    I think you should use ATTRS{idProduct}=="c52b" there, too, in case there are more than one product from the same vendor.
    – jarno
    Nov 2, 2021 at 18:04
  • I have an issue with this kind of rule.
    – jarno
    Nov 4, 2021 at 20:50

acpitool can be used for this apt install acpitool

And then sudo acpitool -W [some number]

where some number is device id from /proc/acpi/wakeup

maciej@michal:~$ sudo acpitool -W 22
  Changed status for wakeup device #22 (UHC6)

   Device   S-state   Status   Sysfs node
  1. PCE2     S4    *disabled  pci:0000:00:02.0
  2. PCE3     S4    *disabled
  3. PCE4     S4    *disabled  pci:0000:00:04.0
  4. RLAN     S4    *enabled   pci:0000:02:00.0
  5. PCE5     S4    *disabled
  6. PCE6     S4    *disabled
  7. PCE7     S4    *disabled  pci:0000:00:07.0
  8. PCE9     S4    *disabled
  9. PCEA     S4    *disabled
  10. PCEB    S4    *disabled
  11. PCEC    S4    *disabled
  12. SBAZ    S4    *disabled  pci:0000:00:14.2
  13. PS2K    S4    *disabled
  14. PS2M    S4    *disabled
  15. UAR1    S4    *disabled  pnp:00:03
  16. P0PC    S4    *disabled  pci:0000:00:14.4
  17. UHC1    S4    *disabled  pci:0000:00:12.0
  18. UHC2    S4    *disabled  pci:0000:00:12.1
  19. UHC3    S4    *disabled  pci:0000:00:12.2
  20. USB4    S4    *disabled  pci:0000:00:13.0
  21. UHC5    S4    *disabled  pci:0000:00:13.1
  22. UHC6    S4    *disabled  pci:0000:00:13.2
  23. UHC7    S4    *enabled   pci:0000:00:14.5
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    It was asked for a permanent solution. This one is only temporary. Jun 1, 2019 at 10:36

The preferred way to do this is by creating a service with systemd.
Adding script in rc.local is the deprecated way.

  1. Create a script file wherever you wish. Ex: ~/scripts/disable-devices-as-wakeup.sh.

declare -a devices=(XHC OCH1 USB1 USB2) # <-- Add your entries here
for device in "${devices[@]}"; do
    if grep -qw ^$device.*enabled /proc/acpi/wakeup; then
        sudo sh -c "echo $device > /proc/acpi/wakeup"
  1. Test it by executing it from the terminal.

  2. If everything is okay then let's make a service.

$ touch ~/scripts/disable-devices-as-wakeup.service

~/scripts/disable-devices-as-wakeup.service -

Description=Disable devices as wakeup


  1. Copy or move the service to /etc/systemd/system/.
$ sudo cp ~/scripts/disable-devices-as-wakeup.service /etc/systemd/system/
  1. Enable the service.
$ systemctl enable disable-devices-as-wakeup.service
  1. Restart the OS and check the status.
$ systemctl status disable-devices-as-wakeup.service

Detailed explanation found on https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/7/html/system_administrators_guide/chap-managing_services_with_systemd

  • If you have a SELinux enabled distro (like fedora) be sure to 1. create the Service directly under /etc/systemd/system/ and not copy it there 2. create the script not under your home directory, but i.e. under /usr/local/bin/ Otherwise you will have problems with the SELinux context. Either Systemd will not find your service file or it won't execute the script because Systemd isn't permitted to execute files lying in home directories.
    – Gero
    Jul 25, 2021 at 10:39

Eric Garrido has a script in /etc/rc.local that echo's those devices that are allowed to wake up his system, to /proc/acpi/wakeup.

for i in `/bin/grep USB /proc/acpi/wakeup | /usr/bin/awk '{print $1}'`; 
    echo $i > /proc/acpi/wakeup; 
  • The /etc/rc.local is much shorter! May 17, 2021 at 14:10
  • @JeremyBoden, much shorter than ... ? May 21, 2021 at 9:10
  • ;) Much shorter than a set of Systemd scripts. I wrote one set of 3 to run a single command weekly [fstrim] but I would have to look at the man pages and run some find commands if I wanted to modify anything. Why can't Systemd put everything in /etc? I've got stuff in /etc, /home, /usr and /var! May 21, 2021 at 13:20
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    @JeremyBoden don't ask me, I wouldn't touch systemd with a stick. May 21, 2021 at 13:50

I decided to create script in /usr/lib/systemd/system-sleep/

according to man page systemd will run it just before suspend.


The /proc is a virtual file system containing runtime system info. So its content resets on reboot.

// Edit: Setup a udev rule or create a script echoing the right values to the /proc/acpi/wakeup/ on start up.

  • So, how exactly do I set OHC1 to disabled in /proc/acpi/wakeup?
    – piegames
    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:34
  • Sorry, @piegames, this seems to require a script triggered on startup (in your case via systemd). The script really just needs to echo the values to /proc/acpi/wakeup. This should give you the idea: linuxconfig.org/…
    – Yuri
    Jan 18, 2018 at 20:48
  • The systemd service unit running a script did the job for me. Please update your answer so that it also works without the links.
    – piegames
    Jan 23, 2018 at 22:41
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    /proc/acpi/wakeup is not a child of /proc/sys, sysctl doesn't work here.
    – Erik
    Feb 12, 2019 at 19:50
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    Please update the answer to reflect the @Erik's comment above. Thank you.
    – scrutari
    Dec 4, 2020 at 19:34

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