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Enabling hibernation in Ubuntu 12.10 with Gnome Shell

I recently managed to acquire an EEE 901 netbook. I like it very much, and of course I installed Ubuntu on it (having briefly experimented with Crunch Bang Linux). Hibernation was disabled by default. This is how I solved that little problem:

Enabling hibernation at the system level.

First, i followed this guide. Condensed, it says:

1. See if hibernation works. UseAlt+F2 to open the “run” dialog, and then type “gksudo pm-hibernate”. Press enter, type in your password and press enter again. The system should now go into hibernation mode. Try to restart it. If all seems well, proceed to step 2 below. You’ll need to make sure to have a swap partition (or file) as large as your amount of RAM for any of this to work, by the way.

2. Call up the “run” dialog again. This time, type “gksu gedit /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/com.ubuntu.enable-hibernate.pkla”. Add these lines:

[Enable Hibernate]

Save and exit. Possibly use Alt+F2 and “restart” to restart the Gnome shell.

Now, you should be able to select hibernation in power options etc. It has been enabled at the system level. But still there is no menu option!

Getting a graphical “hibernation” option

I began by installing the “alternative status menu” extension. According to its description, it should have given me a “Hibernate” option. Alas, it did not. Seems like newer versions of the extension needs a bit of prodding. YMMV.

I poked around a bit, and found out that the extension actually had some hidden options, not accessible through either gconf-editor, dconf-editor or any other means besides manual editing.

Open a terminal window using Ctrl+Alt+T, for instance.

Go to the directory where the settings are (split into three lines for readability:

cd ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/
cd ./
cd ./schemas/

Open up the settings file:

gksudo gedit ./

Find this part:

<key type="b" name="allow-hibernate">
 <summary>Enable hibernating</summary>
 <description>Control the visibility of the Hibernate menu item</description>

Change “false” to “true”. Save the file, then exit.

And now, because someone decided it shouldn’t be that easy, the schema needs to be “compiled”. Type:

glib-compile-schemas ./

And press enter. Use Alt+F2 to run the “restart” command. This should reload the Gnome shell.

Now, hopefully, there should be a “hibernate” command in your status menu…


  1. Steve Steve October 25, 2012

    I’ve been trying to work this one out for a few days. Thanks for the solution.

  2. Per Lundbech Per Lundbech October 27, 2012

    Thanks for this!


    gksudo gedit ./

    should be

    gksudo gedit ./

  3. cle cle October 28, 2012

    Great, thank you! I’m wondering why there is no settings menu for this extension…

  4. Emily Emily November 2, 2012

    Hello, thanks for explaining how to do this.
    However, at the last step, compiling, I got this message:
    Error on line 2 char 1: Element not allowed at the top level. This entire file has been ignored.
    Any ideas?

  5. GreggC2006 GreggC2006 November 7, 2012

    Nice, thanks, exactly what I was looking for after the 12.04 to 12.10 upgrade!!

  6. bugaloo bugaloo November 9, 2012


  7. Alexander Tankeev Alexander Tankeev November 20, 2012

    Thanks a lot for this hint. It works.

  8. Sina Sina November 26, 2012

    Thank you. Works for me in ubuntu 12.10 .

  9. Sina Sina December 16, 2012

    great. work me for ubuntu 12.10. for ubuntu 12.04 for first step it appear, but in 12.10 I had to operate whole page 🙂

  10. Truther Truther February 15, 2013

    Thank you very much, this works very well. only problem i have is that i was not able to get the “Hibernate” option in the drop down Alternative status menu, However… I used Tweak tool (Which was installed already) so that, when you press the power button the computer goes to Hibernate. so it’s all good, No worries….

    Thanks alot for your help, I found it strange, i was a bit late as i refused to update from Ubuntu 10.10 so i found it strange that Gnome had no Hibernate option. well Gnome 3 that is.

  11. Luke Luke May 22, 2013

    Awesome! I’ve spent weeks trying to figure this out!

    Quite why it couldn’t be enabled by default I don’t know…

  12. Eryck Eryck September 23, 2013

    Thanks for that!

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