Restarting Xserver from cli

NoOp glgxg at
Wed Mar 18 19:49:55 UTC 2009

On 03/17/2009 01:17 PM, Charlie Kravetz wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Mar 2009 14:49:32 -0300
> Derek Broughton <derek at> wrote:
>> Smoot Carl-Mitchell wrote:
>> > On Tue, 2009-03-17 at 16:23 +0200, Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> >> How does one restart the Xserver from the cli? Ctrl-Alt-Backspace
>> >> is being disabled in Jaunty and if I have to fix a machine that is
>> >> not configured to enable it, I need to know what to do. I have
>> >> googled and found how to do this in Redhat-based systems, but not
>> >> in Debian based systems.
>> > 
>> > Restarting gdm will do the trick, but I am not sure it is the
>> > preferred method.
>> > 
>> > sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart
>> I'm sure it is (as long as you are using gdm).  It may alteratively
>> be kdm or xdm.
>> But what's with "is being disabled in Jaunty"?  What an odd concept.
> From the release notes:
> Ctrl-Alt-Backspace is now disabled, to reduce issues experienced by
> users who accidentally trigger the key combo. Users who do want this
> function can enable it in their xorg.conf, or via the command dontzap
> --disable. 
> and yes, we have lost the discussion about it. The decision was made
> and finished before anyone not at UDS and in the correct group knew
> about it.

Interestingly enough, it seems all default references to 'Keyboard
Shortcuts' have gone missing in Intrepid. All that
System|Preferences|Keyboard Shortcuts shows (on mine anyway) is "<Uknown
Action>", wereas in Hardy I have Ctrl-Alt-Delete as log out, etc (no
Ctrl-Alt-Backspace though).

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