Bug 233761 - Failure to suspend on PowerBook
Failure to suspend on PowerBook
Status: CLOSED RAWHIDE
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: pm-utils (Show other bugs)
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Blocks: FC7Blocker
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Reported: 2007-03-24 15:08 EDT by David Woodhouse
Modified: 2015-03-04 20:18 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-03-27 19:59:06 EDT
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Description David Woodhouse 2007-03-24 15:08:23 EDT
/usr/sbin/pm-suspend fails on my PowerBook, with the following complaint:
Error: kernel cannot suspend to ram.

Commenting out the offending check makes it work, since it talks to the PMU
directly.
Comment 1 Will Woods 2007-03-24 15:14:58 EDT
Really? That's it? I had assumed the kernel actually wasn't capable of
suspending to RAM on PMU-using machines.

The check you're referring to, I assume, is this:

        if ! grep -q mem /sys/power/state ; then
            echo "Error: kernel cannot suspend to ram." 1>&2
            exit 1
        fi

Is there an equivalent sysfs file for PMU state/capabilities? Maybe the kernel
needs a simple patch to export the PMU info in /sys/power/state?
Comment 2 David Woodhouse 2007-03-24 15:25:43 EDT
The kernel has been suspending to RAM on PMU-based machines for _much_ longer
than it's been doing so with ACPI crap.

There is work afoot to make the kernel suspend/resume using the "generic" stuff
in /sys/power/state, but it isn't yet ready -- it isn't just a simple patch,
because that "generic" code was fairly poorly-designed.

I don't believe there's a sysfs file you can query to check if the machine can
suspend. Trust HAL; it has a special case. 
Comment 3 David Woodhouse 2007-03-24 20:06:54 EDT
Actually I have some working patches which make /sys/power/state work. I'll look
at putting them into the rawhide kernel.
Comment 4 David Woodhouse 2007-03-27 19:59:06 EDT
The kernel now lets you use /sys/power/state.

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