Is there a way to change the command executed by xfce4-power-manager when it wants to suspend? I assume it runs xfce4-session-logout --suspend, but I would like it to run

xfconf-query -c xfce4-power-manager -p /xfce4-power-manager/presentation-mode -s false && xfce4-session-logout --suspend

instead. Is there a way to do this?

  • You must tell more about your system ! What dm do you use ? ...
    – ctac_
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 17:22

2 Answers 2


See if this works Simon. Add this script to your ~/bin folder and name it xfce4-session-logout. Please follow up if you would like assistance in setting up a ~/bin folder, i.e. making sure it is in your $PATH or making the script executable.


if [ "$1" == "--suspend" ]; then
    xfconf-query -c xfce4-power-manager -p /xfce4-power-manager/presentation-mode -s false && /usr/bin/xfce4-session-logout --suspend
    /usr/bin/xfce4-session-logout "$@"
  • That looks like a good idea! I'm currently tinkering with systemd/system-sleep/ scripts. I'll try both and let you know whether it works! Commented Jun 20, 2019 at 17:50
  • @Simon The systemd sleep commands did actually occur to me after posting my answer. I've used that before for a bug workaround. bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=866162 (workaround at bottom). I am pretty sure you'll need to include those export commands for the xfconf-query command to work for the systemd sleep option.
    – jbrock
    Commented Jun 20, 2019 at 22:01
  • I got it to work using systemd, but your solution worked as well. I posted my method as a seperate answer as well. Commented Jun 21, 2019 at 19:45
  • Nice! I'm glad to hear both worked. I agree as well that the systemd option is cleaner.
    – jbrock
    Commented Jun 22, 2019 at 4:36

I managed to get it working by placing a script in the following location: /lib/systemd/system-sleep/. The script contained the following:

DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=unix:path=/usr/user/UID/bus su USER -c "xfconf-query -c xfce4-power-manager -p /xfce4-power-manager/presentation-mode -s false"  

UID should be replaced by the relevant user id ($ id -u), and USER by the name of the user the script is for ($ whoami).

I tested jbrock's answer, and that also seemed to work, although I find the systemd option slightly cleaner since it doesn't redirect any command references.

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