ctrl-alt-backspace aka don't zap via GUI, was: Re: [Merge] lp:~albertomilone/gnome-control-center/randr-virtual into lp:~ubuntu-core-dev/gnome-control-center/ubuntu

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at ubuntu.com
Fri Jan 30 23:00:52 GMT 2009

On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 04:06:16PM -0500, Scott Kitterman wrote:
> In that discusion it was declared that alt-sysreq-k was "better" because
> it's harder to hit accidentally and more reliable due to being implemented
> in the kernel and not X.

> So far I've tested this approach on one laptop and I find it "not working". 
>  If we are going to hand this to end users as the solution to a locked X, I 
> think it needs testing first.

I've tested it here (in response to this discussion) and it "works" in that
it reliably kills X and gdm respawns it automatically, but it also mangles
my text VTs.

Timo says this is a bug in the intel drm driver.  That's fair; but it
doesn't invalidate the point that using SysReq+K on my system gives inferior
results compared with Ctrl+Alt+BkSp in the general case.

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