Linux sleepAfter I upgraded to Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 Linux distribution I noticed that one of my favorite laptop features suspend/hibernate worked quite baldly and slowly. It took up to few minutes to get laptop sleeping and then awake it. Both default suspend and hibernate features are cheesy in this Ubuntu version. The worst thing I faced was that after I got laptop sleeping and put it into my bag it was still working. This situation caused laptop overheating.

Thanks to heaven there is alternative suspend/hibernate utility for Ubuntu OS – uswsusp (I really don’t know who gave such a name for it). To get it working just install it with apt-get or aptitude (I recommend aptitude) :

sudo aptitude install uswsusp

When it’s done it would be great if you test it before making it default suspend/hibernate engine:

sudo s2disk

This will hibernate your system, to check suspend feature execute:

sudo s2ram
sudo s2ram -f

Working well? Great! Let’s make it default (including Gnome logout dialog). First of all download these files:


Then backup Ubuntu’s original files to your Desktop by commands:

cp /usr/lib/hal/scripts/linux/ hal-system-power-suspend-linux ~/Desktop
cp /usr/lib/hal/scripts/linux/ hal-system-power-hibernate-linux ~/Desktop

Now it’s time to make uswsusp to be default in the system:

sudo cp hal-system-* /usr/lib/hal/scripts/linux/
sudo chmod 755 /usr/lib/hal/scripts/linux/*

Note: if you use Edgy just replace /usr/lib/hal/scripts/linux/ with /usr/share/hal/scripts.

Now you can use suspend/hibernate features normally without any obstacles 🙂

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  1. September 9, 2007  10:39 pm by Luis Suarez Reply


    Just to tell 2 things:

    1st. Yuo have a typpo in:sudo aptitute install uswsusp

    should be aptitude :D

    2nd. Thanks for this tip


  2. September 10, 2007  7:10 am by admin Reply

    Wow! Thank you, Luis Suarez! Typo is fixed now ;)

  3. September 11, 2007  7:45 pm by Max Reply

    Hi admin,

    just wanted to say thank you for that awesome hint to uswsusp! That package got my suspend/hibernate back working after the default system stopped working on my laptop after an upgrade to Feisty.



  4. September 11, 2007  7:56 pm by admin Reply

    Hello Max,

    Nice to know that uswsusp tip is useful for you! Thank you for commenting, it's appreciated.

    Cheers! :)

  5. October 12, 2007  9:31 pm by Amresh Reply

    hey there,

    cool tip.. thanks a lot!!

  6. October 14, 2007  11:21 am by admin Reply

    You're welcome, Amresh! :D

  7. October 21, 2007  9:23 am by bitumen Reply

    works on my personal computer

    thanks of the tutorial

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  9. April 5, 2008  2:59 pm by Zuluboy Reply

    Do I need to have a swap partition for this to work?

  10. October 4, 2009  12:07 pm by Dharshana Reply


    thanks a lot. this worked for my hp dv2000. i tried for weeks to get this work. thanks again!

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  11. October 4, 2009  12:09 pm by Dharshana Reply

    and I am using Ubuntu 9.0.4.(Jaunty). So seems this works for that too.

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