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I am running Ubuntu 13.10, and I manage to suspend to RAM without any incidents. Suspending to disk (hibernate), however, does not work the second time I do it (after a reboot).

I tried to hibernate with pm-hibernate and also with uswusp.

The first time after a re-boot it goes fine, but if I try to hibernate again, it will hung with the message s2disk snapshooting system and I'll have to re-boot.

My swap partition is bigger than my RAM.

My /etc/default/grub:

GRUB_DEFAULT="5" GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET="true" GRUB_TIMEOUT="10" GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR="lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian" GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=UUID=6a6e6406-4022-4620-bb36-fbf29f5c1cdf" GRUB_SAVEDEFAULT="false"

I run update-grub after changing the CMDLINE_LINUX parameter.

My /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/resume:


Updated it after changing it with:

sudo update-initramfs -u

I tried 're-setting' my swap with:

sudo swapoff -a && sudo swapon -U 6a6e6406-4022-4620-bb36-fbf29f5c1cdf

but it didn't change anything.

Output of free -m:

               total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached 
 Mem:          1865         644       1220          0        111        328
 -/+ buffers/cache:         205       1659 
 Swap:         2044           0       2044

Output of name -a:

Linux QuoraF 3.11.0-13-generic #20-Ubuntu SMP Wed Oct 23 07:38:26 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Is there any way to maybe re-set what's wrong after the first hibernation? I imagine that the system creates something somewhere, and this something blocks subsequent hibernations.

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What is the output of free -m? –  Wilf Feb 12 at 18:36
@Wilf: updated the question with this information. –  Quora Feans Feb 12 at 19:08
Are you using 32bit or 64bit - you can use uname -a. –  Wilf Feb 12 at 20:13
@Wilf. Updated the uname information. –  Quora Feans Feb 12 at 21:50

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Found a solution. Running:

sync && sudo sysctl -w vm.drop_caches=3 && sudo sysctl -w vm.drop_caches=2

would clean the cache, and the system will be able to hibernate a second time after a re-boot.

I don't now what or why something was accumulating in memory. It should be a stack system, where new entries drag out entries not needed anymore.

Wilf's tips are still valid for a system using the swap space when running. I am using it only for hibernating That means, I had 2 GB, but were only using 1 GB. Had I a need of 3 GB for example, I wouldn't be able to hibernate my 2GB RAM computer using a 2GB swap partition.

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Did you came up with the solution on your own or do you have a source? It looks to me as if you stumbled upon something that should be reported and fixed via bugreport, but I may be wrong on that. –  LiveWireBT Feb 13 at 7:22
@LiveWireBT: I didn't find anyone discussing a similar problem. Either people can hibernate, or they cannot, but being able to hibernate only once seems as pretty uncommon. Anyway, I imagined that something was accumulating. Since some people report having problems with the cache/buffer not being released, I tried their solution. –  Quora Feans Feb 13 at 13:12
Apparently you only need sysctl -w vm.drop_caches=3 - see here. Using it with sync command works as well. Anyway, you should be able to mark this as the answer if you want :D –  Wilf Mar 6 at 23:42

Since it very likely that you don't have enough swap for hibernation, you may want to increase your swap space size.

There is varying opinion on what the size of the swap should be, but here is one from the Fedora 64bit docs (can't find the Ubuntu one... there was one, I did find it ages ago...):

For <2GB, it recommends  the swap should be '3 times the amount of RAM' in size.

So, it recommends 3 times the amount of RAM. This ends up as 5595Mib (5.5GiB), which should be plenty. I think this is to allow for the possible overflow of RAM plus the size of hibernation. On the actual process of increasing swap space, there are a few nice answers here.

If there is a Ubuntu version of the above info, I will gladly substitute in

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I'd try this, although I wonder why it always succeeds the first time after boot, but never after this. –  Quora Feans Feb 12 at 21:51

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