After upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10, when I click on suspend/hibernate in the menu, nothing happens. When I run pm-hibernate or pm-suspend in the terminal, I was told that i need to be root to use them. Of course, sudo pm-hibernate and sudo pm-suspend can work. How do I get the hibernate/suspend buttons in my menu to work again?


Here's a workaround. First you'll need to create a script that is on your PATH. I'd recommend putting something like this in your ~/.bashrc file if you don't have it already:


Then create a script /home/<username>/bin/pm-suspend which contains:

sudo pm-suspend

Finally edit the sudoers file to not ask for a password for the pm-suspend command:

sudo visudo

Add the following line as the last rule in the file:

<username> ALL=NOPASSWD:/usr/sbin/pm-suspend

If you now launch a new terminal window/tab you should now be able to run pm-suspend without sudo and suspend from your desktop. It's a bit or a bodge but seems to work for now.

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