Fwd: Is disabling ctrl-alt-backspace really such a good idea?

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at kitterman.com
Wed Feb 11 00:10:27 UTC 2009

On Tue, 10 Feb 2009 23:52:21 +0000 habtool <habtool at gmail.com> wrote:
>On Tue, 2009-02-10 at 17:42 -0600, Nergar -blank- wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 09:59, Clive Wagenaar
>> <clivewagenaar at gmail.com> wrote:
>>         (It is a pity this is from upstream where Arch, fedora etc
>>         will all also
>>         'dumbed down' too)
>> Is this true? If it is, then C-A-B should be left disabled.
>> -- 
>> hacker != cracker
>It is already affecting fedora, came across this 'new feature' when
>trying out F11 Alpha a few days back to test BTRFS..
>X Server 
>The key combination Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to kill the X server has been
>disabled by default. To get this behaviour back, add the the line 
>Option "DontZap" "false"
>to the ServerFlags section in xorg.conf.
>end quote
The decision was made at UDS to follow upstream in this change.  We now have a package called 
dontzap that will allow you to set this back without hand editing xorg.conf.

In Kubuntu there is also a menu option to change this without resorting to 
command line.

I don't particularly care for the deicision that was made, but it's been 
made, so there's little point rehashing it now.

Scott K

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