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

Mike Jones eternalorb at gmail.com
Fri Feb 13 16:15:19 UTC 2009


    Yes. I would rather lose my work than switch to a virtual console and
spend half an hour finding out which offending program to kill.

    I have tried several times to use C-A-F# to get back control of my gnome
session, and have yet to succeed. I rarely, if ever, have completely
unrecoverable work being preformed. OpenOffice saves my work every so often,
I never do text editing in gedit unless i'm programing. In which case more
likely than not I'm saving every minute or so. Pidgin, Firefox, if I lose my
state its no big deal.

    Its a time trade off for me. Spend a potentially un-capped amount of
time finding which program is glitching, possibly only to find that its the
one program I have unsaved work in, or spend a known amount of time zapping
X, and getting back to work. I choose the guarenteed capped amount of time
over the uncapped amount of time in every case. I am often in situations
where I cannot afford any unknown delays.

    Additionally, other times when I encounter gnome misbehaving, it isn't
because its frozen or unresponsive. My NVidea gfx, core 2 quad desktop
sometimes stops responding to the mouse, but still allows fully keyboard
interaction. (I believe this is related to java). I simply alt-tab to my
programs. Hit ctrl-s and save my document, and C-A-B into a new gnome
session. The alternative is spending potentially several dozen minutes
finding out which program is misbehaving. Is it annoying? Heck Yes. is it
less annoying than either of rebooting my machine or trying to find which
process is being an ass? Heck Yes.

Message: 7
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 09:45:57 +0100
From: Mario Vukelic <mario.vukelic at dantian.org>
Subject: Re: Fwd: Is disabling ctrl-alt-backspace really such a good
       idea?   - no.
To: u-d-d <ubuntu-devel-discuss at lists.ubuntu.com>
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On Thu, 2009-02-12 at 20:16 -0500, Mike Jones wrote:
> I have absolutely no desire to C-A-F#, find the program that is giving
> me fits, and then kill it in the hopes it fixes my issue.

You rather lose your complete X session along with all data in open
files than switching to a virtual console and killing one offending
program? I gotta say I find that quite weird.
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