So, another day, another update. Today I managed to get hibernation working on my Dell XPS13 Plus (9320) running Debian.

So, a quick recap. I’m running Debian testing. I set up the system with Guided – Use entire disk and Setup LVM. This leaves me with an encrypted root partition. What I want to do now, is to put a reasonably sized swap file there, and make the system hibernate to it.

So, first, I created a 35 GB (35840MB) large swapfile as /swapfile. I prefer to create a swapfile slightly larger than RAM, to ensure that everything fits and my machine comes with 32GB of RAM. I used the instructions in the excellent Arch Wiki to set this up. I also edited /etc/fstab, commenting out the swap partition setup by the installer and adding the swapfile.

Then, I followed these instructions to find and set the resume and resume_offset in the /etc/defaults/grub file. I changed the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT parameter.

A quick reboot followed by a sudo swapon --show told me that the swap file was active, so time to hibernate!

sudo systemctl hibernate

This resulted in a lovely Sleep verb "hibernate" not supported error message in bright red. Lovely.

After some poking around I had a look at dmesg and found a reference to kernel lockdown. It turns out that you cannot hibernate if kernel lockdown is active. Being more concerned about battery life than some expert hacker stealing my computer and getting to all my data, I decided to try to get rid of it. Turns out that by disabling secure boot in BIOS does the trick.

So, now this works. Let’s see when I can fix the next issue. I’ve got the audio issue discussed earlier and the web cam left to fix.