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Hook with systemd to disable wake-up from USB device

Situation: When my laptop is in suspension with the lid open, any update (movement or clicks) with the wireless mouse wakes-up the laptop. This post is about creating a systemd unit, and hook it to the start of the sleep unit, and disable the mouse as wake-up device. This approach should work for any Linux distribution using systemd, this post was written in a Arch Linux system.


First, the list of devices that can wake-up the computer can be find with:

$ grep enabled cat /proc/acpi/wakeup

From this list, it can be seen that the culprit device is XHC, which is a USB 3.0 (XHC) chip. The listed devices can be toggled to disabled with the folliwing command:

# echo XHC > /proc/acpi/wakeup

This has to be as root, if sudo does not work, use sudo su and run the command.

Unfortunately, any change performed in /proc/acpi/wakeup is reset at booting, and it depends of the BIOS, thus cannot be change permanently. Thus, one approach to avoid wake-up by this device, is to disable it every time the systems goes to suspension, and this can be done with a hook. This hook can be done in two ways:

  1. Placing an executable in /usr/lib/systemd/system-sleep, all executables in this path will be run before suspending or hibernating the system.
  2. Creating a systemd unit in /etc/systemd/system and hook it to the sleep unit.

The second method is preferred as /etc/systemd/system overrides any other units, and the path /usr/lib/systemd/system should be used only for units generated by the distribution package manager. More info in Here and Here.

These are the instructions for the 2nd way:

  1. Identify the culprit device in /proc/acpi/wakeup

  2. That device will be disabled from the wake-up list each time the computers goes to suspension

  3. Create a file suspend-mouse-fix.service in /etc/systemd/system with this content:

    Description=Disables wake-up from device XHC
    # the service runs before the computer goes to sleep
    # check XHC is enabled, if so, toggle it to disabled
    ExecStart=/usr/bin/bash -c "if [[ $(cat /proc/acpi/wakeup|grep XHC | awk '{print substr($3,2); }') == enabled ]]; then echo XHC|tee /proc/acpi/wakeup; fi"
    # this does the hook to

    Some important points:

    • services run root unless a User is indicated in the [Service] section

    • services files are not shells, thus the syntax ExecStart

  4. Change the permissions of the service file

    # chmod 664 /etc/systemd/system/suspend-mouse-fix.service
  5. Enable the service:

    systemctl enable suspend-mouse-fix.service
  6. If there any update in the service file, run $ systemctl daemon-reload after modifying it

  7. Lastly, the status and last calls of the service are obtained with $ systemctl status suspend-mouse-fix.service. And this information can be also found with $ journalctl


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