ctrl-alt-backspace oddities

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at kitterman.com
Tue Aug 4 15:52:31 BST 2009

On Tue, 4 Aug 2009 09:43:37 +0300 (EEST) Timo Aaltonen <tjaalton at cc.hut.fi> 
>On Tue, 4 Aug 2009, Sarah Hobbs wrote:
>> On 04/08/09 04:09, Mackenzie Morgan wrote:
>>> On Monday 03 August 2009 9:12:31 am Henning Sprang wrote:
>>>> Guy's,
>>>> I really have to tell you, that disabling ctrl-alt-backspace in Ubuntu
>>>> is, in my humble opinion, one of the worst ideas I've ever seen.
>>> In Xorg in general.  Was an upstream decision.  Can be configured by 
user in
>>> xorg.conf
>> This can also be configured by the user by installing the package
>> 'dontzap'.
>And in karmic you don't even need to do that, just check the option from 
>the (GNOME) keyboard options capplet (layout options), or just run 
>'setxkbmap -option "terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp"'.
KDE has a similar setting in keyboard options and we dropped the Kubuntu 
specific patch for this that we had in Jaunty.  Also, due to changes in how 
this was handled dontzap no longer worked in Karmic and was (IIRC) removed.

Scott K

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