Suspend to disk? SD-HD

Rubén Berenguel ruben at
Tue Jun 8 12:09:37 EDT 2010

In theory, only the ram is powered during suspend to RAM. I got the
same results, and after that, the strange "glitch" of very slow
battery recharge when the nano is on. Maybe it also happened before. I
removed hibernate, will install it again and test how it goes.

I didn't find any other way of the ones you suggested, these are what
they are. Only suspend to mem is available in the system (and if you
try to change mem for disk... linux will complain ;) A pity, suspend
to disk would be awesome (more now I have a microSD card!)

By the way Marc, thanks for this morning link... Your list of
interesting software is awesome!


On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 17:58, marc zonzon <marc.zonzon at> wrote:
> 2010/6/7 Rubén Berenguel <ruben at>:
>> Hi eveyrone,
>> I have one small question. Has anyone tried setting up "suspend to
>> disk" with a microSD? If not, I'll try it tonight/this week (today I'm
>> buying a microSD for swap). If suspend to disk means quicker
>> powerup... welcome it is! As the nano stands now, it can live all day
>> with the battery charged... but it is pointless for it to be all day
>> idle (suspend to ram) when I am not really using it. I use usually in
>> short bursts, I can wait 5 seconds or so for it to power up if needed
>> if the battery life gets extended.
>> As a side note, yesterday before falling asleep I had an idea, maybe
>> for the Ya, maybe not. I'm no engineer. But, "what if" the hard disk
>> of the Ya (or of a Ben2) was an (micro)SD card? Go back 20 years, when
>> there were no hard disks and we used disks to load the system... more
>> or less. I see a few pro's, but don't know what the cons may be.
>> Pro:
>> Hard switching operating systems: you can have openwrt in one card,
>> debian in another.
>> No disk failure problems: a disk fails, well, buy another
>> Bigger: the "ben2" could ship with the smalles possible (256mb? 512
>> mb? even 128 if they still sell!)  but could be upgraded to... say,
>> 16gb (I've seen microSD that big, not cheap though).
>> The card could be placed like SIM cards are in a phone, in a sliding
>> compartment below the battery, even, not needing "outer space" to put
>> it in (and avoid risking removing it)
>> Cons:
>> I don't know, really. I guess there should be some?
>> Ruben
> I have also looked for a way to suspend to flash (SD or mtd) but I
> didn't find anything easy.
> The pm-suspend or the hibernate script only suspend to ram (I don't
> know how different they are for that).
> But when you want to suspend to disk I know about three methods:
> - Tuxonice patch: I don't know if it exists for mipsel and how it is
> compatible with openwrt+qi patches;
> - uswsusp: On Debian it does not exist for mipsel, and I don't know if
> it compiles on mips architecture, -
> - sysfs method: with the openwrt-qi kernel I get  'mem' as value of
> `cat /sys/power/state`. I means that syfs can suspend to ram, but not
> disk. Can we enable that in the kernel?
> In any case when trying the script 'hibernate-disk' I get 'No suitable
> suspend methods were found on your machine.', so when I use hibernate
> it falls back on hibernate-ram
> Rubén do you get a different result? Have you got disk suspend?
> Do somebody see an easy way to implement suspend to disk (flash in
> fact), patching the kernel is OK, but I have not the time to debug
> never applied patch!
> I would be also interested in knowing how log a Nano can stand in
> suspend to ram, and what is the gain of suspend to ram. To put the lcd
> we don't need suspend to ram, do the processor still draw energy while
> suspended to ram or only the ram? I suppose ay QI you have done
> measure on what is needed for each component.
> Marc
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