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Date:   Wed, 23 Dec 2020 21:04:23 +0000
From:   Dexuan Cui <>
To:     Pavel Machek <>
CC:     "" <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>,
        Michael Kelley <>
Subject: RE: How can a userspace program tell if the system supports the ACPI
 S4 state (Suspend-to-Disk)?

> From: Pavel Machek <>
> Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 11:08 AM
> On Sat 2020-12-12 01:20:30, Dexuan Cui wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > It looks like Linux can hibernate even if the system does not support the ACPI
> > S4 state, as long as the system can shut down, so "cat /sys/power/state"
> > always contains "disk", unless we specify the kernel parameter "nohibernate"
> >
> > In some scenarios IMO it can still be useful if the userspace is able to detect
> > if the ACPI S4 state is supported or not, e.g. when a Linux guest runs on
> > Hyper-V, Hyper-V uses the virtual ACPI S4 state as an indicator of the proper
> > support of the tool stack on the host, i.e. the guest is discouraged from
> > trying hibernation if the state is not supported.
> Umm. Does not sound like exactly strong reason to me.

Hi Pavel,
Thanks for the reply. I realized that it may be better for me to add the code
to Hyper-V specific driver:

Let's see how it goes that way. :-)


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