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Udev Rule to Suspend System

The udev rule could be edited to run a script that does polls the battery's capacity at regular interval when it's status changes to Discharging:

SUBSYSTEM=="power_supply", ATTR{status}=="Discharging", ATTR{capacity}=="2", RUN+="/usr/bin/systemctl suspend RUN+="/script/to/poll/battery/and/suspend/"

There may also be a uevent that fires when the battery reaches an alarm state (when /sys/class/power_supply/BAT*/alarm is reached or changes). I have not tested this on my own system yet or figured out just how that file works yet. Ego.abyssi (talk) 23:32, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Strange, on my system battery sends "change" uevent each time battery is charged or discharged by 1%, so rule works perfectly and polling is an overcomplication.
--Eruditorum (talk) 06:48, 30 March 2013 (UTC)
Hmm... Well, if it works for you, then it must be something peculiar with my specific system. In which case, yes, polling would be a needless complication. I'll have to give it a look and see what the dillyo is. Ego.abyssi (talk) 05:58, 16 May 2013 (UTC)
On my system, acpi sends only adapter online/offline events, no changed-battery-level, so the only solution is a daemon polling the battery level every minute or so... -- Lahwaacz (talk) 16:42, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

RUN+="<command>" won't work reliably

In the example:

# Suspend the system when battery level drops to 2%
SUBSYSTEM=="power_supply", ATTR{status}=="Discharging", ATTR{capacity}=="2", RUN+="/usr/bin/systemctl suspend"
Starting daemons or other long running processes is not appropriate for
udev; the forked processes, detached or not, will be unconditionally killed
after the event handling has finished.

There's no garantee that systemctl will finish execution. Its possible to use ENV{SYSTEMD_WANTS}="systemd-suspend.service" but I have not personally tested this. All these udev rules should be reworked to trigger one-shot systemd services ideally, which also brings along all the benefits of have systemd units (logging, debugging, etc).

-- Simongmzlj