Looking for a way to set other conditions to enter hibernation mood (other than idle time)

Hey, I was wondering if someone is familiar with a way to do this:
If - I am downloading, watching, running a specific program, etc…
I do not want to enter a hibernation mood.
Can it be done?
Thanks in advance.

You could look at running commands with systemd-inhibit or if you’re running gnome, gnome-session-inhibit.


Thank you, I will look it up.

I am wondering if it would be possible (in Gnome) to either

  • have a rule set that will be checked against to determine if an invoked program should be prepended with gnome-session-inhibit (e.g. if started program is rhythmbox, then always start it with gnome-session-inhibit)


  • inhibit suspend/hibernate whenever I am playing songs on rhythmbox

Actually, I would prefer the latter, since it would allow suspend/hibernate even when rhythmbox is running, but actually not playing any song.

I am asking, because I am a musician and don’t want the system getting locked or suspended while I am playing along a list of songs in rhythmbox or any other multimedia application like audacity. It’s no use having to unlock the laptop again just to rewind or jump to a certain position in a song. (And it’s a pain to notice the system suspending whilst jamming to a song).

My current workaround for this situation is running a script which touches the settings for screen lock and suspend via dconf.

The simplest way to do that would be to:
copy the desktop file from /usr/share/applications to ~/.local/share/applications/
modify the exec line of the desktop file to include gnome-session-inhibit.

For example:
Exec=gnome-session-inhibit rhythmbox %U

You can also change the name of the file and the Name in the desktop file if you’d like to have the ability to run the original and the modified.

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If you are on KDE plasma, there is a switch to manually block sleep and screen locking. And generally when a video/audio player like VLC is running it will automatically block sleep.

Yup, that’s exactly the behavior I was wondering if it is also available or possible with Gnome.
That’s why I ended up with


status=`dconf read /org/gnome/desktop/screensaver/lock-enabled`
if [ $status == "true" ]

dconf write /org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/power/sleep-inactive-battery-type "'$power'"
dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/screensaver/lock-enabled "$status"
echo $status

Not very robust, but at least a start. Still, I would prefer a setting to tell Gnome not to lock the screen and not to suspend (except when battery is low) when it’s showing media content.