Yes, we have no hibernate today

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Thu Jun 24 12:48:07 MDT 2010

On Thu, 24 Jun 2010 11:26:57 -0600
Shane Hathaway <shane at> wrote:

> On 06/24/2010 09:44 AM, Charles Curley wrote:
> > I realized that what was farkled was not the kernel itself, but the
> > initrd. So I made a backup copy of the fallback kernel's initrd. I
> > then purged the hibernate package. In the process of removing it,
> > apt created a new initrd -- replacing the farkled one, not the
> > fallback initrd. So that solved that problem.
> >
> > I have rebooted to the newer kernel.
> >
> > I still don't have a menu entry for hibernating, though.
> It sounds like you're using hibernation with an encrypted swap
> device. Is that even possible? ;-)  Has it worked before?

I have no idea. Considering the security implications of running
without an encrypted swap partition, I hope so.

But for serious security concerns (while going through the Terminally
Stupid Agency's line to get fondled, riding in NYC taxis, e.g.), shut
the thing down completely. If you have an encrypted swap area or
encrypted file system(s), remember that those are mounted during the
suspension or hibernation, so if bad guys can get the machine up from
suspension or hibernation, they have bypassed your encryption.

With that in mind, maybe I should get rid of the encryption in the
swap partition?

> Also, I am interested to hear if you have really had a good
> experience with hibernation on Linux.  On my laptop, sleeping works
> well, but resuming from hibernation takes far too long to be
> worthwhile.

Depends on how long you plan to shut down. If you will exhaust the the
battery in suspension, then use hibernation. However, hibernation
writes a memory image to a swap partition, where bad guys can recover
it. Suspension does not, so it leaves one less thing around for the bad
guys to recover.


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