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Software Suspend 2 - swsusp2

Software Suspend 2, sometimes also called "swsusp2" and "suspend2", is an implementation of suspend-to-disk functionality in the form of a Linux kernel patch and several userspace utilities. It is an alternative to both the BIOS-driven hibernation feature found on most ThinkPad models, and the swsusp "software suspend" functionality built into recent Linux kernels.


Compared to the alternatives, Software Suspend 2 has some unique features:

  • Saving the memory image into a swap file, a swap partition or normal a file on any filesystem.
  • Cancelling a suspend in progress
  • Different bugs -- if the alternatives don't work, try this one!

Since it is implemented purely in software, Software Suspend 2 is in principle machine-independent and should work on all modern ThinkPad models. However, in some cases problematic drivers need to be unloaded before suspension. This is handled by the hibernate script (see below).

Availability / Project Homepage

Model-specific Status

Thinkpad Model Type Operating System Kernel Version Suspend2 Version Success Note
T42 Yes
T43 Yes
T21 Yes need to unload the sound module (snd-cs46xx) on suspend. May want to enable UseDummyXServer if running X
X41 Tablet Fedore Core 4 Yes requires SATA resume patch and the SATA drivers compiled as built-in or in initrd (see Problems with SATA and Linux) and a hibernate.conf fix (see Installing Fedora Core 4 on a ThinkPad X41 Tablet)
X22 Ubuntu Breezy Yes see Installing Ubuntu (Breezy) on a ThinkPad X22
G41 Yes see Installing Debian on a ThinkPad G41
R52 2.2.7 Yes FC5 with kernel 2.6.17-1.2145_1.rhfc5.cubbi_suspend2
T23 2647-9KU Debian Etch 2.2.7 Yes
X60s 1702-55G Arch Linux 2.2.8 Yes I use the beyond patchset

Installation Instructions

The project home page has a detailed HOWTO and FAQ. The following are just a few highlights.

Patching mkinitrd

If your systems uses an initrd file (most do), you'll need to patch or replace your initrd-creation script.

  • Fedora 4: in /sbin/mkinitrd, find this line:
echo "echo Mounted /proc filesystem" >> $RCFILE

and add the following immediately afterwards:

echo "echo > /proc/suspend2/do_resume" >>$RCFILE
  • Fedora 5: in /sbin/mkinitrd, find this line:
mount -t proc /proc /proc

and add the following immediately afterwards:

echo > /proc/suspend2/do_resume 

Make sure you regenerate your initrd file (using mkinitrd or by reinstalling the kernel) after patching mkinitrd.

Hibernate script

Software Suspend 2 works best with the hibernate script (available from the project home page), which takes care of auxiliary tasks needed on many systems (e.g., unloading problematic modules and restoring video modes).


Configuration tips

RediSafe-like functionality

The hibernate functionality on some ThinkPad BIOSes offers the useful "RediSafe" feature, which suspends to both RAM and disk. This way you get quick resumes (directly from RAM), plus the safey of suspend-to-disk in case the battery runs out.

Software Suspend 2 provides this feature too; simply add the following to /etc/hibernate/suspend2.conf:

PowerdownMethod 3