Template:Article summary start Template:Article summary text Template:Article summary heading Template:Article summary wiki Template:Article summary wiki Template:Article summary wiki Template:Article summary end "Hibernating" or suspending to disk writes all the running processes to the disk (typically to the swap partition), then completely powers down the machine. This resembles suspending to RAM, but while a machine suspended to RAM still requires a small charge from a battery or power source, a hibernated machine does not and can remain hibernated indefinitely. This advantage comes at the cost of additional time needed to hibernate and to resume, since disks (especially HDD swap partitions) write and read slower than RAM.
This guide focuses on hibernate-script (see the pm-utils page for the alternative), a frontend used with the uswsusp ("userspace suspension") and TuxOnIce (formerly known as suspend2) hibernate backends. Uswsusp generally works without requiring a patched kernel but should be used with initrd/initramfs. Tuxonice requires a modified kernel, but works without initrd/initramfs and also allows suspending to a swap file if a user does not have, or does not want to use, a swap partition.
- 1 Installation
- 2 Uswsusp method
- 3 Tuxonice method
- 4 Hibernate tricks with the hibernate.script
- 5 Combining suspend to disk with suspend to RAM
- 6 Take action based on events
You can install AUR.AUR from the
The userspace method lets you resort to some advanced suspension abilities included in vanilla kernels > 2.6.17.
On the contrary, you need to edit the s2disk configuration file, called
/etc/suspend.conf. It is essential that you modify the resume device parameter:
resume device = /dev/sda3
It needs to point to your swap partition: in this case, the third partition of a primary pata-sata drive. It is also a good thing to enable compression, because this speeds up greatly your suspension/resume routine.
Note that it is important that this configuration file be edited *before* recreating the initramfs (done below). Presently, the initramfs build process reads this configuration file, and embeds the current resume parameter. If not changed from the default '<path_to_resume_device_file>', this causes problems such as seeing, on bootup:
# Could not stat the resume device file '<path_to_resume_device_file>' # Please type in the full path name to try again or press ENTER to boot the system.
If you have experiencing this problem, simply edit the file as appropriate, and then rebuild the initramfs.
Another line that you may want to add to the configuration file is:
shutdown method = shutdown
This explicitly configures the system to shutdown instead of reboot.
Recreate the initramfs
Now you need to recreate an initramfs with the new hook. So edit the
/etc/mkinitcpio.conf file. In the HOOKS list add the uresume hook (it is different from the resume hook, which is on the contrary required by the tuxonice method). You should put it immediately before the filesystem hook.
When the hook is executed the device file for the swap partition (which you have defined in
/etc/suspend.conf) needs to exist (the standard udev hook will take care of this). Now proceed to regenerate your initramfs:
# mkinitcpio -p linux
You need to adjust this command according to the kernel you plan to use and the name of the initramfs in the grub configuration. Anyway you should not need to modify anything in the grub configuration.
Suspend to file support
uswsusp also supports suspending to a swapfile (and perhaps a dedicated hibernation file). The procedure is identical to using a swap partition with these exceptions:
In addition to specifying the resume device on the kernel command line, an additional parameter is required. The additional parameter is
resume_offset=<Swap File Offset>. This same parameter must be included in
To obtain the offset, you can check Swap file resuming
Below is an example of
snapshot device = /dev/snapshot resume offset = 4694016 resume device = /dev/sda3 #image size = 350000000 #suspend loglevel = 2 #compute checksum = y #compress = y #encrypt = y #early writeout = y #splash = y
sda3 is the partition that the swapfile resides, and
4694016 the swap file offset. Remember to change these values with your own.
Support for splash screens
The uswsusp-git package does not provide support for splash screens: for Fbsplash there is theAUR and for Splashy the AUR in the AUR. For splash see the HOWTO and README in the source tarball for details if you want to modify the PKGBUILD yourself.
Setting the suspend method
If you use hibernate-script, your preferred suspend/hibernation method can be set in the file
/etc/hibernate/hibernate.conf. If you list several methods, the first one will be used. Note that hibernate can also be used with Suspend to RAM or vanilla uswsusp).
For Uswsusp use:
Or just try to do it like:
# echo "SLEEP_MODULE=uswsusp">>/etc/pm/config.d/module
Now you could try to suspend directly calling s2disk from the command line:
However, this is highly likely to fail, because some services could need to be stopped, some modules unloaded, etc. Thus it is probably necessary to resort to a userspace tool which calls internally s2disk, like Pm-utils since version 1.1 (which is now in core) or hibernate-script. See below about details for defining the ususpend-disk method as default in
/etc/hibernate/hibernate.conf. For the moment being, remember that you can define specific options in
/etc/hibernate/ususpend-disk.conf and, after having configured also
/etc/hibernate/common.conf, you can suspend to disk with the uswsusp method with the following command:
# hibernate -F /etc/hibernate/ususpend-disk.conf
Support for encryption
- generate a key with the suspend-keygen utility included in the package;
- write the name of the key in
- uncomment or add the following line in
encrypt = y RSA key file = <path_to_keyfile>
- build a new initramfs with the uresume hook just before the filesystem one.
There is a dedicated Tuxonice page which covers the basics of installing and configuring Tuxonice.
Hibernate tricks with the hibernate.script
This is a brief overview of the hibernate script. If you want to tweak it further, examine the
suspend2.conf files further and read the excellent and exhaustive man pages for hibernate and
The options in this file are used with any hibernation method (actually, the file is sourced by the configuration files of each method) and also by Suspend to RAM when accomplished with the hibernate-script. This file is complex and well commented. The man page
hibernate.conf describes adequately all the options. Here, we can only stress the most commonly useful parts.
Uncomment the lines for any filesystems that have the potential to change while your computer is suspended (for example shared partitions with windows like vfat or ntfs ones). They will be remounted upon resume. Otherwise you would risk corrupting the filesystems.
### filesystems # Unmount /nfsshare /windows /mnt/sambaserver # UnmountFSTypes smbfs nfs # UnmountGraceTime 1 # Mount /windows
If you do not explicitly restore the volume levels, ALSA may have the sound channels muted after resuming. If this happens, look for:
/etc/hibernate/common.conf and change the line just below to:
The alsa service will be stopped before suspension and restarted after resuming: the sound channels and volumes will be as before. You may want to restart other problematic services here.
A common issue is that some drivers do not support suspension, that is they do not work properly after a suspension cycle or even they prevent the system from suspending or resuming properly.
In these cases (which should be reported - at least for modules in the vanilla kernel - to the email@example.com mailing list, so that they can be fixed upstream) you can unload the module before suspension and reload it after resuming: the hibernate-script can automatize this routine with the LoadModules and UnloadModules options. Actually, the hibernate-script already unloads some problematic modules, listed in
/etc/hibernate/blacklisted-modules, so you can also add the modules in that file.
To re-connect to networks after rebooting, you may want to add:
OnSuspend 25 netcfg2 -a OnResume 20 netcfg-auto-wireless <your-network-interface>
This will disconnect from all networks, then should automatically choose the correct one. If you use another way to connect to a network (such as netcfg2 <profile-name> then of-course, put that there instead.
One 'gotcha' to watch out for is the priority level you put on your user-commands, this won't work:
OnSuspend 5 netcfg -a
You'll need to set the priority as 05 instead. Its normally best to use something within the range of 20-50 for your user scripts.
If you need/want to eject all PcCards before suspending and reinsert them after resuming, change the EjectCards setting in
### pcmcia EjectCards yes
This is necessary on some laptops, if the pccards stop working after resume.
Finally, the most problematic aspect is constituted by the video card: its status needs often to be restored after resuming. In other cases, it is necessary to switch from X to the console.
The following options in
/etc/hibernate/common.conf will probably fix these issues (whose symptom could be a frozen machine or only a black display after resuming):
### vbetool #EnableVbetool yes #RestoreVbeStateFrom /var/lib/vbetool/vbestate #VbetoolPost yes # RestoreVCSAData yes
### xhacks #SwitchToTextMode yes #UseDummyXServer yes #DummyXServerConfig xorg-dummy.conf
You can uncomment one or many of them in order to see if the problem is solved. In order to use the first block of options, you need to install the vbetool package from the extra repository. Each of the option is documented in man
Please note that it is very important to try all the different combinations of these options before than anything else, becaause the problems with the display are the most common source of troubles in a suspension cycle.
NVIDIA specific settings
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card and use a driver version >177, you need to add the following line to
ProcSetting extra_pages_allowance 7500
A value lower than 7500 might also work on certain systems, though 7500 should be a working default. Setting this option should allow you to hibernate and resume without any additional X hacks. You will also need to comment out the nvidia module in
/etc/hibernate/blacklisted-modules for this to work.
The suggested value for extra_pages_allowance for driver versions <177 is 0:
ProcSetting extra_pages_allowance 0
This setting has also been reported to help with the binary ATI driver.
If you have an AGP Nvidia card and are using the binary driver, you might also have to add the following line to your
Option "NvAGP" "1"
Suspending with fglrx
Following addition to
/etc/hibernate/suspend2.conf is required:
# For fglrx ProcSetting extra_pages_allowance 20000
Dropping disk caches
- From: drop_caches introduction
As a way to speed up suspending, you can free the memory used for disk caches so there will be less to write to the disk. Just add something like this to the
OnSuspend 00 sync; echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
Combining suspend to disk with suspend to RAM
If your motherboard or laptop supports Suspend to RAM, you can combine it with suspend2. This will result in the following behavior:
- When you call hibernate, your system will suspend to disk and after that suspend to RAM instead of powering down.
- When you turn your system back on, it will resume directly from RAM (which only takes a few seconds)
- If your battery fails in the meantime (and the image in your memory is therefore lost), you will be able to resumes from disk.
This can be done both with uswsusp and with tuxonice.
With uswsusp, you should use s2both. You can also call s2both from the hibernate script (with all its richness of options), resorting to the
ususpend-both.conf method. Please note that s2both works only if s2ram (see Suspend to RAM) works in your system. There is no way to force it to work if your laptop model is not whitelisted in s2ram. See Suspend to RAM for instructions about how to whitelist your laptop in the local copy of s2ram and how to report that your laptop suspend to ram properly so that it is whitelisted in the next uswsusp release.
To do it with tuxonice, edit
## Powerdown method - 3 for suspend-to-RAM, 4 for ACPI S4 sleep, 5 for poweroff PowerdownMethod 3
For this to work, your computer must be able to use suspend to RAM also without s2ram.
Take action based on events
Tuning hibernate-script for context sensitive modal operation. You need to haveinstalled.
Edit the following file
# This is called when the user presses the power button event=button/power (PWR.||PBTN) # To Hibernate uncomment the following line #action=hibernate # To Suspend uncomment the following line #action=suspend
After closing lid
Edit the following file
# This is called when the user closes the lid event=button/lid # To Hibernate uncomment the following line #action=hibernate # To Suspend uncomment the following line #action=suspend
You can also installAUR which includes the file altered to use pm-utils and suspend to RAM.
Alternatively you can edit
/etc/acpi/actions/lm_lid.sh this is the file that is executed when the lid state is changed
#!/bin/bash # lid button pressed/released event handler #laptop mode helps minimized hdd activity test -x /usr/sbin/laptop_mode && /usr/sbin/laptop_mode auto # get the -xauth variable so we can access the display XAUTH="$( ps -C X f | sed -n 's/.*-auth \(.*\)/\1/p' )" if [[ -z $XAUTH ]]; then # if XAUTH is blank try another way to get it XAUTH="$( ps -C xinit f | sed -n 's/.*-auth \(.*\)serverauth.*/\1Xauthority/p' )" fi #Find out if the lid is open or closed if grep -q open /proc/acpi/button/lid/LID/state; then # the screen is on, forces it to be on ACTION="on" XAUTHORITY=$XAUTH /usr/bin/xset -display :0.0 dpms force $ACTION else # screen is off, forces off ACTION="off" XAUTHORITY=$XAUTH /usr/bin/xset -display :0.0 dpms force $ACTION # script waits for 10 minutes sleep 10m # checks to make sure screen is still closed if grep -q closed /proc/acpi/button/lid/LID/state; then # if it is, then it suspends to disk s2disk else # or it turns it back on XAUTHORITY=$XAUTH /usr/bin/xset -display :0.0 dpms force on fi fi
The script turns the monitor off or on. But if the screen is left shut for 10 minutes, it will suspend to the disk automatically.
man sleep for more info on the sleep command.