Introduction to acpid

The acpid (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface event daemon) is a completely flexible, totally extensible daemon for delivering ACPI events. It listens on netlink interface and when an event occurs, executes programs to handle the event. The programs it executes are configured through a set of configuration files, which can be dropped into place by packages or by the user.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.3 platform.

Package Information

User Notes:

Installation of acpid

Install acpid by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/acpid-2.0.30 &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install                         &&
install -v -m755 -d /etc/acpi/events &&
cp -r samples /usr/share/doc/acpid-2.0.30

Configuring acpid

acpid is configured by user defined events. Place event files under /etc/acpi/events directory. If an event occurs, acpid recurses through the event files in order to see if the regex defined after "event" matches. If they do, action is executed.

The following brief example will suspend the system when the laptop lid is closed (it requires pm-utils-1.4.1):

cat > /etc/acpi/events/lid << "EOF"

cat > /etc/acpi/ << "EOF"
/bin/grep -q open /proc/acpi/button/lid/LID/state && exit 0
chmod +x /etc/acpi/

Unfortunately, not every computer labels ACPI events in the same way. To determine how your buttons are recognized, use the acpi_listen tool. Also, look in the samples directory under /usr/share/doc/acpid-2.0.30 for more examples.

Systemd Socket

To start the acpid daemon at boot, install the systemd unit from the blfs-systemd-units-20180105 package by running the following command as the root user:

make install-acpid


This package uses socket based activation and will be started when something needs it. No standalone unit file is provided for this package.


Installed Programs: acpid, acpi_listen, and kacpimon
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /etc/acpi and /usr/share/doc/acpid-2.0.30

Short Descriptions


is a program that listens for ACPI events and executes the rules that match the received event.


is a simple tool which connects to acpid and listens for events.


is a monitor program that connects to three sources of ACPI events (events file, netlink and input layer) and then reports on what it sees while it is connected.

Last updated on 2018-08-17 18:17:43 -0700