systemd-inhibit — Execute a program with an inhibition lock taken
systemd-inhibit [OPTIONS...] [COMMAND] [ARGUMENTS...]
systemd-inhibit [OPTIONS...] --list
systemd-inhibit may be used to execute a program with a shutdown, sleep or idle inhibitor lock taken. The lock will be acquired before the specified command line is executed and released afterwards.
Inhibitor locks may be used to block or delay system sleep and shutdown requests from the user, as well as automatic idle handling of the OS. This is useful to avoid system suspends while an optical disc is being recorded, or similar operations that should not be interrupted.
For more information see the Inhibitor Lock Developer Documentation.
The following options are understood:
Takes a colon-separated
list of one or more
operations to inhibit:
suspending/hibernating, the automatic
idle detection, or the low-level
handling of the power/sleep key and
the lid switch, respectively. If omitted,
Takes a short, human-readable descriptive string for the program taking the lock. If not passed, defaults to the command line string.
Takes a short, human-readable descriptive string for the reason for taking the lock. Defaults to "Unknown reason".
delay" and describes
how the lock is applied. If
block" is used (the
default), the lock prohibits any of
the requested operations without time
limit, and only privileged users may
override it. If
delay" is used, the
lock can only delay the requested
operations for a limited time. If the
time elapses, the lock is ignored and
the operation executed. The time limit
may be specified in
delay" is only
available for "
Lists all active inhibition locks instead of acquiring one.
Returns the exit status of the executed program.
# systemd-inhibit wodim foobar.iso
This burns the ISO image
foobar.iso on a CD using
and inhibits system sleeping, shutdown and idle while