Tweak – Enable Hibernation in Ubuntu/Xubuntu 14.04

This is a quick tutorial on how to enable Hibernation in Ubuntu 14.04. Hibernation is a setup that allows you to safely switch off your computer without losing any opened files or application as this be saved in memory. When next you power on your machine, previously opened documents or running applications will be loaded.

Please note that Hibernation by default is disabled on Ubuntu Desktops.

The steps outlined below will help you to enable hibernation in which when followed correctly, will show the Hibernate icon on your Gnome desktop panel as shown in the diagram below.

Enable Hibernate in Ubuntu, Xubuntu 14.04

– Open terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T and run following command:

sudo nano /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority/10-vendor.d/com.ubuntu.desktop.pkla

– Scroll-down and locate following sections

[Disable hibernate by default in upower]
[Disable hibernate by default in logind]

– Change the value of “ResultActive=no” to “ResultActive=yes” in both cases and restart your machine


To exit, press Ctrl+X and Y for Yes


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