Restarting Xserver from cli

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at
Wed Mar 18 19:32:00 UTC 2009

Mario Vukelic wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-03-18 at 16:24 +0000, R Kimber wrote:
>> But doesn't your objection apply to any method of restarting X that
>> doesn't also warn about shutting down apps?
> Are you comparing the likelihood of accidentally switching to a terminal
> and typing "sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop" to accidentally hitting Ctrl+Alt
> +Bsp when you reached for Ctrl+Alt+Del out of Windows habit?

That's the point...I *couldn't* switch to a terminal.

X wouldn't let me.

Screen was garbled, and static. Not moving. Except for my pointer. I was 
reduced to waving me pointer about the screen. So unless you want to 
kill X by holding middle button + mouse gesture, that doesn't work.

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