Power Management Interface
The power management subsystem provides a unified sysfs interface to
userspace, regardless of what architecture or platform one is
running. The interface exists in /sys/power/ directory (assuming sysfs
is mounted at /sys).
/sys/power/state controls system power state. Reading from this file
returns what states are supported, which is hard-coded to 'standby'
(Power-On Suspend), 'mem' (Suspend-to-RAM), and 'disk'
Writing to this file one of those strings causes the system to
transition into that state. Please see the file
Documentation/power/states.txt for a description of each of those
/sys/power/disk controls the operating mode of the suspend-to-disk
mechanism. Suspend-to-disk can be handled in several ways. The
greatest distinction is who writes memory to disk - the firmware or
the kernel. If the firmware does it, we assume that it also handles
suspending the system.
If the kernel does it, then we have three options for putting the system
to sleep - using the platform driver (e.g. ACPI or other PM
registers), powering off the system or rebooting the system (for
testing). The system will support either 'firmware' or 'platform', and
that is known a priori. But, the user may choose 'shutdown' or
'reboot' as alternatives.
Reading from this file will display what the mode is currently set
to. Writing to this file will accept one of
It will only change to 'firmware' or 'platform' if the system supports
/sys/power/image_size controls the size of the image created by
the suspend-to-disk mechanism. It can be written a string
representing a non-negative integer that will be used as an upper
limit of the image size, in megabytes. The suspend-to-disk mechanism will
do its best to ensure the image size will not exceed that number. However,
if this turns out to be impossible, it will try to suspend anyway using the
smallest image possible. In particular, if "0" is written to this file, the
suspend image will be as small as possible.
Reading from this file will display the current image size limit, which
is set to 500 MB by default.