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This is a quick start guide for installing [http://tuxonice.nigelcunningham.com.au/ TuxOnIce] (formerly suspend2), an advanced suspend/hibernate framework which supports suspending to a swap-disk or a regular file with fast LZO-compression. Visit the TuxOnIce website for a full list of [http://tuxonice.nigelcunningham.com.au/features features].
This is a quick start guide for installing [http://tuxonice.nigelcunningham.com.au/ TuxOnIce] (formerly suspend2), an advanced suspend/hibernate framework which supports suspending to a swap-disk or a regular file with fast LZO-compression. Visit the TuxOnIce website for a full list of [http://tuxonice.nigelcunningham.com.au/features features].

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This is a quick start guide for installing TuxOnIce (formerly suspend2), an advanced suspend/hibernate framework which supports suspending to a swap-disk or a regular file with fast LZO-compression. Visit the TuxOnIce website for a full list of features.

Preparing the kernel

TuxOnIce consists of a kernel patch, plus an optional user interface. Only the kernel patch is necessary, the user interface merely provides a graphical interface displayed during the hibernation/resume cycle.

You can use the linux-iceAUR[broken link: package not found] package available in the Arch User Repository. It automates all the patch routines, the compilation and installation of the kernel, and the regeneration of the initramfs with an appropriate hook. You maintain control over the install process, and its easy to make changes if you want to repeat the process.

Otherwise, you need to patch, configure and compile your own kernel, visit Kernel Compilation From Source and Kernel Compilation with ABS for instructions. The required patch can be obtained from the TuxOnIce website mentioned above.

Next, install the hibernate-scriptAUR[broken link: package not found] package from the AUR which we will use to call TuxOnIce. Hibernate-script is the default script developed by the TuxOnIce development team.

The configuration files for hibernate-script are in /etc/hibernate, we will get back to them shortly.

Recreating the initramfs

If you use an initramfs (default Arch systems do), you must add the resume hook in the HOOKS in the configuration of mkinitcpio. Additionally, if you want to speed things up by using LZO compression, add the lzo module to the MODULES array in the same file.

/etc/mkinitcpio.conf example:

HOOKS="base udev autodetect block resume filesystems"

If you built a custom kernel with tuxonice_compress and tuxonice_swap as modules, add them to MODULES. This is not needed for linux-ice as they are built-in. If you want to use the tuxonice interface, add tuxonice_userui in MODULES as well.

Rebuild the initramfs:

# mkinitcpio -p linux-ice

Setting up the bootloader

Before your can use the suspend function, you need to add the resume parameter in your bootloader (unless you have hard-coded your swap partition during the kernel configuration). The resume parameter points to the swap partition or swap file, below are the steps involved for both methods.

Suspend to swap partition

Note: As of the latest version of TuxOnIce (, adding the kernel resume parameter is no longer necessary, it will auto-detect if your swap drive contains a bootable image. You only need to set the swap method appropriately. For more details, check out [1].

Set the swap method (make sure the right partition is indicated) in /etc/hibernate/tuxonice.conf:

SuspendDevice swap:/dev/sda3

Suspend to swap file

Note: Auto-detection as mentioned previously does not seem to work with swap files, you will still need to manually set the kernel resume parameter.

If you use a swap file instead of a swap partition, you will need to pass the location of its header to TuxOnIce. TuxOnIce can list all available swap headers.

Note: If you have just created, or intend to create, a swap file for this purpose, you will need to reboot once for tuxonice to be aware of it.
cat /sys/power/tuxonice/swap/headerlocations

Use the given string as-is in both /etc/hibernate/tuxonice.conf and passed to your kernel as a resume parameter.

SuspendDevice swap:/dev/sda7:0x1087070

Append the following to your kernel parameters in your bootloader's configuration file:

Note: Specifying the resume device by UUID is supposed to work, but I was not able to get it to work. This may be a TuxOnIce or a mkinitcpio issue, YMMV. Specifying /dev/sdxx should work in all cases though.

Suspend to file

For the file allocator, you will have to prepare a hibernation file. This is different from the standard swap file in that this file is ONLY used for hibernation and not as a general system swap file. The previous method is recommended as being more efficient in terms of disk space. First configure the /etc/hibernate/tuxonice.conf file, uncomment the "FilewriterLocation" option:

FilewriterLocation /suspend_file 1000

1000 is the amount of disk space reserved for the hibernation file, in this case 1000 megabytes. Usually an amount of 50% - 75% of your total amount of RAM will suffice.

Next, we need to create the file, something like [2]:

# echo TuxOnIce > /suspend_file
# dd if=/dev/zero bs=1M count=1000 >> /suspend_file
# echo /suspend_file > /sys/power/tuxonice/file/target
# cat /sys/power/tuxonice/resume

The output of /sys/power/tuxonice/resume is what you need to pass to your kernel. You should see something like file:/dev/sda2:0xdc008, in which case you should append resume=file:/dev/sda2:0xdc008 as a kernel parameter in your /etc/lilo.conf file (for LILO), /boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg (for Syslinux) or /boot/grub/grub.cfg (for Grub2).

Suspending and resuming

With hibernate-script, your preferred hibernation method can be set in the file /etc/hibernate/hibernate.conf. See Suspending to Disk with hibernate-script for more info.

Additional pm-utils setup

If using GNOME as your DE, or using any other environment that uses pm-utils to shutdown and suspend the system, some additional setup is required for TuxOnIce.

Configuration made in /etc/hibernate/hibernate.conf is still useful, but some options do not seem to be used by pm-utils. Compression, for example, will default to lzo unless more action is taken. Editing files under /etc/pm/sleep.d/ is a good way to make sure wanted settings are used.

To change the compressor used by TuxOnIce, for example, edit /etc/pm/sleep.d/00doit and add a line like so:

 case $1 in
 #Possible compressors include lzo, lzf, and none
 echo none > /sys/power/tuxonice/compression/algorithm

Additional lines can be used to change other options, such as the default logging level (found in /sys/power/tuxonice/user_interface/default_console_level).

userui - user interface for TuxOnIce (optional)

Optionally, you can use a text or graphical (Fbsplash) interface with a progress bar with TuxOnIce. To do this, install the tuxonice-useruiAUR package from the AUR.

In /etc/hibernate/tuxonice.conf, set the desired user interface:

ProcSetting userui_program "/usr/sbin/tuxoniceui"      # Text interface


ProcSetting userui_program "/usr/sbin/tuxoniceui -f"   # Graphical fbsplash interface

The fbsplash interface also needs a symlink to the fbsplash theme, like so:

# ln -s /etc/splash/arch-banner-noicons/ /etc/splash/tuxonice

Without this symlink, there will be no progress indicators during suspend/resume.

It is probably necessary to regenerate the initramfs after changing the symlink above.

The text interface may be good for debugging TuxOnIce, as it displays some messages.

You will not see a user interface for the first few seconds of the resume process unless you add the userui hook to your mkinitcpio (before the resume hook) configuration and regenerate your initramfs, but this is also optional.

Generate initramfs:

# mkinitcpio -p linux-ice

To test if userui works, switch to a text console and run:

# tuxoniceui --test

For the graphical interface run:

# tuxoniceui -f --test


  • The TuxOnIce website and TuxOnIce wiki[dead link 2015-11-15] are excellent sources of documentation.
  • More general information about suspend/hibernate with hibernate-script can be found on the Suspend to Disk page of this wiki. This also covers some advanced topics like problems with specific hardware and configurations.
  • Another good source of information is the Gentoo wiki