Bug#837194: systemd --user: service action not triggered

Brainslug brainslug at freakmail.de
Sat Sep 10 00:00:15 BST 2016

Package: systemd
Version: 231-4
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

I have a business laptop for which I do not have root access. The system 
is configured to suspend when I press the power key. Now I am trying to 
configure systemd on a user level to lock my screen before the system 

I have a working service file in ~/.config/systemd/user/i3lock.service, 
like so:


ExecStart=/usr/bin/i3lock -c 000000


I can enable the service via the --user option:

brainslug at flexo:~$ systemctl --user enable i3lock
Created symlink 
/home/brainslug/.config/systemd/user/sleep.target.wants/i3lock.service → 

I can start the service via

brainslug at flexo:~$ systemctl --user start i3lock

which immediately locks my screen, so I would think the service file 
itself is correct and working.

However, when suspending the laptop this does not seem to trigger my 
service file and my screen remains unlocked on resume.

When I check on the service status, this is what I get:

brainslug at flexo:~$ systemctl --user status i3lock
● i3lock.service - i3lock
    Loaded: loaded (/home/brainslug/.config/systemd/user/i3lock.service; 
enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
       Active: inactive (dead)

FWIW, I am using lightdm and window maker.


-- Package-specific info:

-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
   APT prefers testing
   APT policy: (800, 'testing'), (690, 'unstable'), (680, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 4.6.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages systemd depends on:
ii  adduser         3.115
ii  libacl1         2.2.52-3
ii  libapparmor1    2.10.95-4
ii  libaudit1       1:2.6.6-1
ii  libblkid1       2.28.1-1
ii  libc6           2.23-5
ii  libcap2         1:2.25-1
ii  libcap2-bin     1:2.25-1
ii  libcryptsetup4  2:1.7.0-2
ii  libgcrypt20     1.7.3-1
ii  libgpg-error0   1.24-1
ii  libidn11        1.33-1
ii  libkmod2        22-1.1
ii  liblzma5        5.1.1alpha+20120614-2.1
ii  libmount1       2.28.1-1
ii  libpam0g        1.1.8-3.3
ii  libseccomp2     2.3.1-2
ii  libselinux1     2.5-3
ii  libsystemd0     231-4
ii  mount           2.28.1-1
ii  util-linux      2.28.1-1

Versions of packages systemd recommends:
ii  dbus            1.10.10-1
ii  libpam-systemd  231-4

Versions of packages systemd suggests:
ii  policykit-1        0.105-16
pn  systemd-container  <none>
pn  systemd-ui         <none>

Versions of packages systemd is related to:
ii  udev  231-4

-- Configuration Files:
/etc/systemd/logind.conf changed:

-- no debconf information

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