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Toggle laptop lid close action in Xubuntu via keyboard
toggle-laptop-lid-close-action-in-xubuntu-via-keyboard
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ubuntu, xfce, bash

If you need to change the lid close action now and then a don't like clicking through the menus, you can use a script I wrote.

The script is quite simple:

#!/bin/bash
state=`xfconf-query -c xfce4-power-manager -p /xfce4-power-manager/lid-action-on-ac`

if [ $state -eq 0 ]
  then
    # is set to do nothing -> set to suspend
    target=1
    message="suspend"
    icon="lock"
  else
    # is set to suspend -> set to do nothing
    target=0
    message="do nothing"
    icon="window-close"
fi

xfconf-query -c xfce4-power-manager -p /xfce4-power-manager/lid-action-on-ac -s $target
xfconf-query -c xfce4-power-manager -p /xfce4-power-manager/lid-action-on-battery -s $target

notify-send -i $icon "Lid action changed" "to $message."

Be sure to check the icon and/or the messages written in the notification to fit your theme nicely. Save the script, chmod +x it and assign a keyboard shortcut, i.e. with xbindkeys:

"~/scripts/change_lid_action.sh"
  Mod4 + F12

Enjoy!