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

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at gmail.com
Wed Feb 11 01:58:04 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-02-10 at 19:06 -0500, John Moser wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 10:57 AM, Justin M. Wray
> <wray.justin.ubuntu at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Even if a new user is unfamiliar with the key combination, it only takes a little education OR them doing it once. Lessons are learned hard.
> >
> This is poorly conceived thinking, but switching it off is straight up
> naive.  "This is a power user tool and can accidently happen, and is
> bad when accidents happen, so let's take it away."  Knee-jerk reaction
> to dumb down the system.
> The correct solution is not dead-simple to implement, but it works:
> When you C-A-B, grab the whole screen and put up a confirmation dialog
> like gksudo does.  You can't switch desktops off it (CAB happens
> sometimes while swapping around virtual desktops and landing in a text
> editor, trying to backspace over stuff), and it's right in your face.
> It says "In 10 seconds I will kill X and reload it.  This will destroy
> all of your work.  Click the big red CANCEL button below now or hit
> If the X server is frozen, the dialog can't be shown, can't be
> clicked, can't be touched.  

Sorry didn't read this far... knee-jerk reaction for the lose.

Mackenzie Morgan
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