On my Ubuntu 16.04, I am trying to understand a system default file /usr/lib/pm-utils/sleep.d/94cpufreq (see the end of this post for its content.)

Is "${PM_FUNCTIONS}" a script, given that it is sourced by .?

When I echo "${PM_FUNCTIONS}" in bash, it outputs nothing. Is PM_FUNCTIONS defined in another script which calls the script?

Are savestate, state_exists, and restorestate functions defined in "${PM_FUNCTIONS}"?


What does the script try to do upon suspend|hibernate and upon thaw|resume?


# Ensure cpu governor is set to something sane.                                                                                                                                    
# TODO: Which of the cpu governors is still insane?  File bugs against                                                                                                             
#       those that are.                                                                                                                                                            


[ -d /sys/devices/system/cpu/ ] || exit $NA

  ( cd /sys/devices/system/cpu/
  for x in cpu[0-9]*; do
    # if cpufreq is a symlink, it is handled by another cpu. Skip.                                                                                                                 
    [ -L "$x/cpufreq" ] && continue
    # if we do not have a scaling_governor file, skip.                                                                                                                             
    [ -f "$gov" ] || continue
    # if our temporary governor is not available, skip.                                                                                                                            
            "$x/cpufreq/scaling_available_governors" || continue
    savestate "${x}_governor" < "$gov"
  done )

  ( cd /sys/devices/system/cpu/
  for x in cpu[0-9]*/cpufreq/scaling_governor ; do
    [ -f "$x" ] || continue
    state_exists "${x%%/*}_governor" || continue
    restorestate "${x%%/*}_governor" > "$x"
  done )

case "$1" in
  *) exit $NA

1 Answer 1


The functions state_exists, etc are defined in /usr/lib/pm-utils/functions and PM_FUNCTIONS refers to the script /usr/lib/pm-utils/pm-functions. And yes, TEMPORARY_CPUFREQ_GOVERNOR is defined in PM_FUNCTIONS.

  • Thanks. How did you find them out by just looking at the file system? Where is PM_FUNCTIONS defined? How shall I find out where /usr/lib/pm-utils/sleep.d/94cpufreq and /etc/pm/sleep.d/20_cpu_freq are called?
    – Tim
    Apr 2, 2018 at 23:30
  • You can find filenames using find or locate and then search the files using grep. For instance, to search for the variable TEMPORARY_CPUFREQ_GOVERNOR you can use the command grep -ri "TEMPORARY_CPUFREQ_GOVERNOR" /usr/lib/pm-utils
    – J. Taylor
    Apr 2, 2018 at 23:36
  • Thanks. I was wondering how to find out where /usr/lib/pm-utils/sleep.d/94cpufreq and /etc/pm/sleep.d/20_cpu_freq are called? Under /usr/lib/pm-utils/, I run grep -R freq ., and it only return the file /usr/lib/pm-utils/sleep.d/94cpufreq, which is meaningless. I run grep -R sleep.d ., and it returns nothing useful either.
    – Tim
    Apr 2, 2018 at 23:39
  • They are hooks that are run in the function _run_hooks() from the file pm-functions. Note the part that looks like this: for base in $(IFS="${oifs}"; for f in "$syshooks/"*[!~] "$phooks/"*[!~]; do [ -O "$f" ] && echo ${f##*/} ; done | $sort | uniq) ; ... See How do I run commands on suspend/return from suspend?
    – J. Taylor
    Apr 3, 2018 at 0:14
  • By the way, to find that, I used grep as follows: grep -ri '\.d' /usr/lib/pm-utils/, which returned a couple of lines that looked like this: usr/lib/pm-utils/pm-functions: local syshooks="${PM_UTILS_ETCDIR}/$1.d" I searched for ".d" in because since sleep.d wasn't showing up explicitly, I figured there was some kind of loop that went through all of the ".d" directories.
    – J. Taylor
    Apr 3, 2018 at 0:22

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