Just to add that in KDE the shortcut is Control+Escape. I can't tell you what it is for any ofther desktop.
Thanks, that's what I meant. It's something very similar in Gnome also, though I think not exactly that. Trying out should find it..
Another handy way is just to launch a terminal and use either ps
maybe along with grep
to find the difficult process and then terminate it with it's PID number and kill
shows your own processes.
shows other user's processes as well.
processes displayed in a tree (easier to see subprocesses)
ps -e | grep kopete
would show processes, then cut other lines off except those that have the string 'kopete' in them; effectively shows you all kopete process lines.
kills (gently, this doesn't work for all programs if they're really stuck or can't handle it) the process whose process id (PID) number is nnnn
, where nnnn is a number you get from ps command. If the process is stubborn, you can kill it the hard way with the infamous
First try to use the default 'kill' signal (just 'kill' command), because using -9 means the program won't be left time to exit normally, and this can cause some trouble, for example corruption of files that were open in the program when you killed it.
If you can't open a terminal (i.e. your whole X is pretty locked up) you can press CTRL+ALT+F1 (trough F6) which usually brings you to a text login. CTRL+ALT+F7 should bring you back to the grahpical server. CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE usually kills X (and possibly restarts it, if it's defined to do so).