I have a little shell script that I run automatically when I log on to my Ubuntu machine; it will set the parameters of my touchpad the way I like it. However, when Ubuntu wakes up after being hibernated or suspended, my touchpad reverts to its default state and I have to run my little script again.

Is there some way I can automate this process thus that the script will be magically called when the machine wakes up again?

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First of all, you have found a bug. The user is not supposed to bother with the touchpad configuration being lost after resume. You go to Launchpad and report this bug, so that it can be properly identified and fixed.

Then, after that, go to /etc/pm/sleep.d/ and add a script that will be executed before and after suspending or hibernating. The script receives a single command-line parameter "suspend", "resume", "hibernate" or "thaw", it should inspect this argument and take the appropriate action. There should be at least one other script in that directory (99laptop-mode) that you can use as a reference.

  • I did create the script and I made sure that it is being run. But it doesn't seem to have any effect. I guess this is due to that bug, though.
    – innaM
    Oct 25, 2009 at 20:59
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    Perhaps, the touchpad is reinitialized after the resume scripts are run... losing its configuration.
    – Juliano
    Oct 25, 2009 at 21:59
  • Here's a complete example of the script: ubutnuforums.
    – Adobe
    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:39
  • I'd like to add that this facilities are documented in man pm-action which, btw, says that the user supplied scripts should be named 00 - 49.
    – mnicky
    Nov 20, 2013 at 16:38

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