Restarting Xserver from cli

Cybe R. Wizard cybe_r_wizard at
Wed Mar 18 13:09:42 UTC 2009

Mario Vukelic <mario.vukelic at>  said:
> On Wed, 2009-03-18 at 00:18 -0500, Cybe R. Wizard wrote:
> > Bending over too far backwards to accommodate Windows users, Ubuntu
> > may have shot itself in the foot with that one.  I might have to
> > consider going back to Debian unstable.
> > Sheesh, if I'd wanted windows I'd have stayed with Windows.
> Consider how ugly it is for someone to lose data due to accidentally
> hitting a key combo that is (a) undocumented for all intents and
> purposes as far as non-experts are concerned, and (b) terminates all
> open applications without giving the user a chance to save.
> In reality, Ctrl+Alt+Bspc always was a usability nightmare. If Windows
> had something like this it would be roasted over an open fire, and
> rightly so.
> IMHO changing the default was the correct decision. OTOH I have no
> idea why people get so worked up about this, the last time I had to
> kill X was several years ago.
So if one anonymous idiot tells another of the same ilk to try
will Ubuntu then remove the magic SysRQ keys' functions, too?
I guess there's still <Alt+SysRQ+e>.

I just had a hard lock of X yesterday when compiz-fusion took it down.
Hmm, hot reboot or kill X?
I preserved the uptime.  Where's the damage?

I fully agree with Bart Silverstrim that anyone doing critical work
shouldn't be trying out 'arcane' commands without saving and backing up

Cybe R. Wizard
Nice computers don't go down.
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		"The Barsoom Project"

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