Hibernate Zorin


I’ve been using Zorin 16 since around August 2021 on an external SSD. But, out-of-the-box Zorin does not support hibernation. As a result, I have to restart my work environment on every restart.

My daily driver is Windows 10, so hibernation is something I use often, especially when I switch to my Zorin installation. Would Linux support hibernation?

Enabling hibernation

I’m happy to find hibernation is indeed supported and can be installed later.
This answer on tells how for Ubuntu 20.04. As Zorin 16 is based on Ubuntu 20.04, this also works for Zorin.

These instructions switch from a swap partition to a swapfile, adjusts the size if needed and configures Grub to enable starting using hibernation.

Increase swapfile size to match RAM size up to 16GB

First check if swapping is in use and whether it is a partition or file

sudo swapon -s

Switch it off swapping

sudo swapoff -a

Disable the partition by editing fstab

sudo nano -Bw /etc/fstab

and adding # before the UUID of the swap partition

# UUID=XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX   none   swap    sw     0       0

Add a line for the swapfile, if a partition was used

/swapfile   none    swap     sw      0       0

Create or update the swapfile

sudo fallocate -l XG /swapfile

where X is swapfile’s size in GB.
Create the swapfile it does not yet exist, make sure the file permissions are correct and enable swapping

sudo mkswap /swapfile
sudo chmod 0600 /swapfile
sudo swapon /swapfile

Reboot the machine

sudo reboot

Add the resume location and offset to grub.cfg to enable resuming from hibernation by editing /etc/default/grub

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash resume=UUID=<drive UUID> resume_offset=<swapfile offset>"

Get the UUID from the root drive using

$ blkid
/dev/sdb2: UUID="<drive UUID>" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx"

and the swapfile using

$ sudo filefrag -v /swapfile |grep " 0:"| awk '{print $4}'

where <swapfile offset> in this case is 34816.

Next, update the Grub configuration

sudo update-grub

Test hibernation using

sudo systemctl hibernate

When adding this command to the sudoers file, you can remove the need for a password and make it easier to use

sudo visudo

and add to the end

username   ALL=(ALL:ALL) NOPASSWD: /bin/systemctl hibernate

Finally, adding an alias makes it even easier to use. Add to ~/.bashrc

alias hibernate='sudo /bin/systemctl hibernate'


With these steps, switching between my Windows and Zorin environment is made as easy as possible.

January 6, 2022