acpid - Unix, Linux Command
acpid - Advanced Configuration and Power Interface event daemon
acpid is designed to notify user-space programs of ACPI events.
acpid should be started during the system boot, and will run as a
background process, by default. It will open an events file
(/proc/acpi/event by default) and attempt to read whole lines. When
a line is received (an event), acpid will examine a list of rules,
and execute the rules that match the event.
Rules are defined by simple configuration files. acpid
will look in a configuration directory (/etc/acpi/events by default),
and parse all files that do not begin with a period (.). Each file must
define two things: an event and an action. Any blank lines, or
lines where the first character is a pound sign (#) are ignored. Extraneous
lines are flagged as warnings, but are not fatal. Each line has three tokens:
the key, a literal equal sign, and the value. The key can be up to 63
characters, and is case-insensitive (but whitespace matters). The value can be
up to 511 characters, and is case and whitespace sensitive.
The event value is a regular expression (see regcomp(3)), against which events are matched.
The action value is a commandline, which will be invoked via /bin/sh
whenever an event matching the rule in question occurs. The commandline may
include shell-special characters, and they will be preserved. The only special
characters in an action value are "%" escaped. The string "%e" will be
replaced by the literal text of the event for which the action was invoked.
This string may contain spaces, so the commandline must take care to quote the "%e" if it wants a single token. The string "%%" will be replaced by a
literal "%". All other "%" escapes are reserved, and will cause a rule to
This feature allows multiple rules to be defined for the same event (though no
ordering is guaranteed), as well as one rule to be defined for multiple events.
To force acpid to reload the rule configuration, send it a SIGHUP.
In addition to rule files, acpid also accepts connections on a UNIX
domain socket (/var/run/acpid.socket by default). Any application may
connect to this socket. Once connected, acpid will send the text of
all ACPI events to the client. The client has the responsibility of filtering
for messages about which it cares. acpid will not close the client
socket except in the case of a SIGHUP or acpid exiting.
acpid will log all of its activities, as well as the stdout and stderr of any
actions to a log file (/var/log/acpid by default).
All the default file and directories can be changed with commandline options.
-c, --confdir directory |
This option changes the directory in which acpid looks for rule
configuration files. Default is /etc/acpi/events.
-C, --clientmax number |
This option changes the maximum number of non-root socket connections which
can be made to the acpid socket. Default is 256.
-d, --debug ||
This option increases the acpid debug level by one. If the debug level
is non-zero, acpid will run in the foreground, and will log to
stdout/stderr, rather than a log file.
-e, --eventfile filename |
This option changes the event file from which acpid reads events.
Default is /proc/acpi/event.
-g, --socketgroup groupname |
This option changes the group ownership of the UNIX domain socket to which
acpid publishes events.
-l, --logfile filename |
This option changes the log file to which acpid writes. Default is
-m, --socketmode mode |
This option changes the permissions of the UNIX domain socket to which
acpid publishes events. Default is 0666.
-s, --socketfile filename |
This option changes the name of the UNIX domain socket which acpid opens.
Default is /var/run/acpid.socket.
-S, --nosocket filename |
This option tells acpid not to open a UNIX domain socket. This
overrides the -s option, and negates all other socket options.
-v, --version ||
Print version information and exit.
-h, --help ||
Show help and exit.
This example - placed in /etc/acpi/events/power - will shut down your system
if you press the power button.
The script power.sh gets called and will see the complete event string
as parameter $1.
Please make sure you are using the latest ACPI code possible. This is
There are no known bugs. To file bug reports, see AUTHORS below.
Tim Hockin <email@example.com>