I have installed Fedora 15 Alpha with GNOME 3. Everything is working fine. However, I can't see any option to hibernate or shutdown.

In the top panel when I click my user name, I only have one option and that is to suspend. Normally I like to hibernate or shutdown. And I can't see any option of what to do when I close my netbook. Normally, I prefer to hibernate.

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Hold down the Alt key and Suspend will change to Power off.

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    Thanks Patches. That worked for the shutdown. However, I still need to hibernate. Is there any option to hibernate. And is there any option to hibernate when I close the network. Thanks.
    – ant2009
    Apr 6, 2011 at 9:45
  • @ant: AFAICT GNOME 3 doesn't offer a way to hibernate. You can try sending the cross-desktop Hibernate dbus command by running this on a terminal: dbus-send --session --dest=org.freedesktop.PowerManagement --type=method_call /org/freedesktop/PowerManagement org.freedesktop.PowerManagement.Hibernate
    – Patches
    Apr 6, 2011 at 10:02
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    You can install the 'gnome-tweak-tool' that has advanced settings for setting for the power management. That solved my problem. Thanks.
    – ant2009
    Apr 6, 2011 at 10:13
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    This is reason #3,459 why Linus Torvalds hates Gnome3.
    – user4043
    Aug 26, 2011 at 23:38
  • Vice versa in the newer versions... Jan 5, 2013 at 9:02

Install following extension will add "Shutdown" and "Hibernate" to your menu:

yum install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu

From: http://mygeekopinions.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-to-add-shutdownhibernate-menus-in.html

Solution for Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu

From http://www.noobslab.com/2011/10/status-menu-gnome-shell-extension-for.html

Solution for Debian (should also work in Ubuntu):

Install gnome-tweak-tool:

sudo aptitude install gnome-tweak-tool

Restart the gnome-shell (Alt-F2 and type "r", then return.) Then open gnome-tweak-tool and go to "Shell Extensions" and set the option "Alternative Status Menu Extension"


I've googled for the answer too, but before I read any provided, I had an insight: just press the power button on your device, a menu will pop up.

  • Sadly, that menu doesn't offer the Hibernate option... Jan 5, 2013 at 9:05

Another option is to install "gnome-tweak-tool" (which you may already have) and then set the "power button action" in the "shell" options to "Hibernate", achieving the obvious. Not ideal, but it's a straight forward gui solution.

  • I can't seem to find this in gnome-tweaks (as this tool is named now) in Gnome 3.32, so maybe they removed the preference entirely? Oct 26, 2019 at 0:44
  • @MatthijsKooijman I can't find it here on Ubuntu anymore either. So I guess they removed it, in good old Gnome tradition. I've installed a Gnome extension that adds a hibernate button next to the shutdown one instead.
    – DanMan
    Oct 27, 2019 at 9:46

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