I have lost the to me essential hibernate functionality after upgrading ubuntu. This is normal, but unfortunately I could not reenable it this time.

I tried these three previous solutions:

but no hibernation option appears.

Some additional info:

  • sudo pm-hibernate outputs nothing and appears to do nothing.

  • sudo s2disk outputs:

    s2disk: Could not open the snapshot device. Reason: Operation not permitted

I guess this is my key clue, but I didn't find any obvious explanations/solutions when googling that - I'm afraid I'm ignorant of the meaning.

There is no change to dmesg output and /var/log/pm-suspend.log does not exist after running pm-hibernate.

The machine is capable of hibernating under ubuntu 15.04 and earlier - the above options worked previously.

(I am aware this is a potential duplicate of this question, but wanted to add more detail.)

  • I have the same problem, only I can hibernate /suspend but my Lenovo z51-70 won't wake up from it. I even added the options that you provided.
    – Mookey
    Apr 24, 2016 at 19:47
  • Take a look here. I just tested on both Ubuntu and Xubuntu 16.04, and it work on both. On Ubuntu I have to reboot for it to show in the menu. I will go ahead and close this as duplicate, but let me know if it fixes your problem or not, so I can reopen it.
    – Mitch
    Apr 25, 2016 at 6:43
  • Take a look at a workaround I used
    – Enkouyami
    Apr 27, 2016 at 3:22
  • @Enkouyami Thank you. What precisely do you mean by "and add your swap partition inside." - like this: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash /dev/sda3"
    – nsandersen
    Apr 29, 2016 at 21:31
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    That is extremely odd. Can you please add this crucial information to your question? Does is change anything if you reinstall pm-utils (sudo apt-get install --reinstall pm-utils)? What's in /etc/pm/config.d/ and /etc/pm/sleep.d/? Apr 29, 2016 at 23:37

2 Answers 2


You need to disable Secure Boot if you are using UEFI.

With Secure Boot enabled hibernation is disabled for security reasons.

  • 1
    Since Ubuntu won't tell you this, judging from OP, how would one quickly check whether Secure Boot is enabled?
    – matanster
    Jun 17, 2018 at 12:16

In terminal, try sudo systemctl hibernate. If the system is able to do so, i.e. has enough swap space, it should work. Use of this command requires a password, which is not necessarily a bad thing, because it makes one pause to consider that the current system state is being recorded to a possibly-unencrypted HDD.

To make a Hibernate keyboard shortcut:

  • Press System and type key.
  • Select Keyboard settings.
  • on the Shortcuts tab, add to Custom Shortcuts the command systemctl hibernate and set a key combination. Note that sudo is not used here, though a password is requested when using the shortcut.

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