Bug 204903 - RFE: cross-platform grub resume support
RFE: cross-platform grub resume support
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: grub (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
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Reported: 2006-09-01 03:42 EDT by Need Real Name
Modified: 2009-02-25 04:47 EST (History)
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Description Need Real Name 2006-09-01 03:42:04 EDT
Grub and lilo were invented to allow a user with multiple operating systems or
kernels to switch between them at boot time.

It seems to be the trend to suspend a box rather than shut it down these days,
but this fails horribly if you run a dual boot box.

It would be nice if grub could handle the resume of a chosen operating system.
i.e. press the power on button (or whatever) to resume of suspended/hibernated
box, and grub pops up with a list of os'/kernels to choose to restore.

(btw I can see how this is likely impossible, but it's good to have ideas.
Maybe I missed something.)
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Comment 2 Lubomir Rintel 2009-01-11 06:37:56 EST
It is not safe to let anything run while an operating system is suspended since the saved state would easily get out of sync with actual state of the system (mostly disk contents).

Given how marginally useful would this be -- would you mind if I closed this bug report with WONTFIX?
Comment 3 Need Real Name 2009-01-11 06:46:11 EST
Okay then, but before you do: one question.
If what you said is true, then when I suspend to disk, why am I allowed to resume using a different kernel?
Comment 4 Lubomir Rintel 2009-01-11 07:39:00 EST
(In reply to comment #3)
> Okay then, but before you do: one question.
> If what you said is true, then when I suspend to disk, why am I allowed to
> resume using a different kernel?

I guess that is a bug. For me, the suspend to disk sets the menu timeout to 0, apparently an an effort to prevent me from booting another kernel.

How do you trigger a suspend to disk?
Comment 5 Need Real Name 2009-01-11 13:38:53 EST
Normally with pm-hibernate, which I think is what the GUI thing calls.
I just tried the GUI way and it didn't prompt so either I misremembered, or it changed since last time I tried.

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