Scenario is that I run various VirtualBox VMs on my Ubuntu 16.04 workstation. The workstation is set to go into suspend mode after a period of inactivity.

Problems arise with VMs when I resume power after automatic suspend - time not in sync, VMs sometimes refusing to respond. OK, I could turn off the power management option but is there any way I can get Ubuntu to check if certain processes are running before it suspends power?

Am happy to write (and share) a script to do this if somebody could point me to the way that the system deals with power management?


Finally found This Post that describes how to write a script that pauses running vBox VMs. Not a perfect solution but it works for now and has put me on the right path!

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