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       systemd-inhibit - Execute a program with an inhibition lock taken


       systemd-inhibit [OPTIONS...] [COMMAND] [ARGUMENTS...]

       systemd-inhibit [OPTIONS...] --list


       systemd-inhibit may be used to execute a program with a shutdown, sleep or idle inhibitor
       lock taken. The lock will be acquired before the specified command line is executed and
       released afterwards.

       Inhibitor locks may be used to block or delay system sleep and shutdown requests from the
       user, as well as automatic idle handling of the OS. This is useful to avoid system
       suspends while an optical disc is being recorded, or similar operations that should not be

       For more information see the Inhibitor Lock Developer Documentation[1].


       The following options are understood:

           Takes a colon-separated list of one or more operations to inhibit: "shutdown",
           "sleep", "idle", "handle-power-key", "handle-suspend-key", "handle-hibernate-key",
           "handle-lid-switch", for inhibiting reboot/power-off/halt/kexec,
           suspending/hibernating, the automatic idle detection, or the low-level handling of the
           power/sleep key and the lid switch, respectively. If omitted, defaults to

           Takes a short, human-readable descriptive string for the program taking the lock. If
           not passed, defaults to the command line string.

           Takes a short, human-readable descriptive string for the reason for taking the lock.
           Defaults to "Unknown reason".

           Takes either "block" or "delay" and describes how the lock is applied. If "block" is
           used (the default), the lock prohibits any of the requested operations without time
           limit, and only privileged users may override it. If "delay" is used, the lock can
           only delay the requested operations for a limited time. If the time elapses, the lock
           is ignored and the operation executed. The time limit may be specified in
           logind.conf(5). Note that "delay" is only available for "sleep" and "shutdown".

           Lists all active inhibition locks instead of acquiring one.

       -h, --help
           Print a short help text and exit.

           Print a short version string and exit.


       Returns the exit status of the executed program.


           # systemd-inhibit wodim foobar.iso

       This burns the ISO image foobar.iso on a CD using wodim(1), and inhibits system sleeping,
       shutdown and idle while doing so.


       systemd(1), logind.conf(5)


        1. Inhibitor Lock Developer Documentation