Is there a way to trigger the lid close action programmatically with a script or through terminal?
I am testing this by placing a small magnet near the SD slot on my MacBook Pro.
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There is no Apple supported programming interface to simulate the lid being closed.
You can put your Mac to sleep using this command line:
osascript -e 'tell application "System Events" to sleep'
You may put your machine to sleep with a shell script:
P.S. If you intend to run this from a script, be prepared that machine won't sleep until script finishes, and if that's something like a daemon running in a loop, it won't ever work unless you run
pmset in a subshell:
(pmset sleepnow &)