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Old 04-12-2005, 11:56 PM   #1
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ALT-F4 is for MS Windows as ? is for X

Some times I run into trouble, where a game in X opens in full screen and I can not kill it.

In MS Windows I would first try ALT-TAB to get out from that program, and if that did not work I kill the program with ALT-F4.

In linux & X this does not help at all.

I found the ctrl-alt-f2 where I can issue a "shutdown -r now" but that is a bit over kill I think?

But is it possible to get up a "task manager" like think from where one could kill a non working full screen program? Or some other way to get out from the situation, other than rebooting the machine?

Old 04-13-2005, 12:00 AM   #2
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I am not sure (because right now im under Windows)
but I recall the task manager being called like CTRL+F10 or CTRL+ESC
you might wanna try some combinations using the CTRL and upper keys
Old 04-13-2005, 12:33 AM   #3
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Yes, just push ctrl + alt + F1 or F2.... F6 and it will take you to a console. Type ps -aux to list all the processes running and then kill the one you like. If you wanna take just the x windows down do init 3 as root and startx to start the x windows back up. If you are in console and want to come back to your x windows session you can do ctrl + alt + F7. Linux gives you better control over everything as compared to windows
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Ctrl + Q is the combo that closes windows within Linux.
Old 04-13-2005, 12:34 AM   #5
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Alt+F4 works for me...
Old 04-13-2005, 01:25 AM   #6
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ctrl - alt - backspace will kill X and in most cases reload it, if not just type "startx" to start it again.
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to elaborate on what ksgill wrote, you actually kill the process by using the "kill" command
kill 3244
to kill process number 3244, for example. I haven't tried a Linux distro of *BSD yet (of the 20+ that I've tried) that doesn't have top as part of the default base system. It lists the processes and their resource usage, like the Win taskmanager does. This is also a CLI program, so you can use it from a console as well. Read its man page for info on how to use it
man top
Your important command key for killing a process is "k".
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CTRL + ESC does open the KDE System Guard, from which you can kill processes in a gui. That in Mandrake 10.1
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Alt+F4 in Windows > Ctrl+q,
Ctrl+F4 in Windows > Ctrl+w
Old 04-13-2005, 12:40 PM   #10
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Thank You for all the answers.

When I have a game in full screen (UFO XMAS SPECIAL) the ctrl key combinations does not work, except for the ctrl-alt-backspace that does close X (not just the full screen program)

I have not tried to kill the process from an other console though. I'm sure it will work though.


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