Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 11-30-2004, 10:29 PM   #1
Registered: Sep 2002
Distribution: fc2
Posts: 113

Rep: Reputation: 15
ctrl-alt-delete for linux?


I know it is dangerous to turn off a running linux box but I managed to lock up my desktop such that nothing responds to my mouse clicks. I'm running gnome 2.6 on fc2. How can I get out of this somewhat gracefully?

Old 11-30-2004, 10:33 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Dec 2001
Location: New Zealand
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 1,046

Rep: Reputation: 45
You could try CTRL-ALT-F4, login as root, fix the problem from the console, then restart X...

Good luck
Old 11-30-2004, 10:47 PM   #3
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: chikyuu (E103N6)
Distribution: Redhat 8.0 (2.4.25-custom), Fedora Core 1 (2.4.30-custom)
Posts: 357

Rep: Reputation: 30
ctrl-alt-delete will reboot your linux instead. To go to console, anything ranging from ctrl-alt-{F2,F3,F4,F5,F5} will do.
Old 11-30-2004, 10:56 PM   #4
Registered: Oct 2003
Distribution: Ubuntu 7.04
Posts: 889
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 30
But then you have to login and type "top", this will show all your active running processes, and the ones that is consuming the most memory will be at the top. Lets say "wine" is taking up all your system resources, or is just whatever, you exit out of top by pressing ctrl + z, and top will shutdown. Then, type "killall -9 wine" to kill that process. Put anything else for wine, since that may not always be your problem.

NOTE: If you deicde to kill x. It will just restart X itself. It does the same thing as loging out to the login screen, but its refreshed. I suggest you do that instead of pressing ctrl + alt + backspace, since that seems to hurt your graphics card. (abrubtly ending the x session while in x hurts your graphics card. In a terminal, I don't believe it does)
Old 12-01-2004, 02:01 AM   #5
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: chikyuu (E103N6)
Distribution: Redhat 8.0 (2.4.25-custom), Fedora Core 1 (2.4.30-custom)
Posts: 357

Rep: Reputation: 30
'ps aux' is also okay.
Old 12-01-2004, 05:19 AM   #6
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: The Iron Hill
Distribution: Mandriva LE 2005
Posts: 5

Rep: Reputation: 0
and for the Proccess Table, you should do Ctrl+Esc and you'll kill proccesses windows-like mode


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Origin Of Ctrl-Alt-Delete adamb10 General 2 08-07-2005 03:07 PM
KDM and Ctrl+Alt+Delete [MDK 10.2] ZX_SA Linux - General 1 08-04-2005 08:29 PM
Ctrl Alt Delete What? Brother Michael Linux - Newbie 2 12-09-2003 10:38 AM
Ctrl+Alt+Delete Agileuk Linux - Newbie 5 09-27-2003 07:13 PM
You may now exit and restart using ctrl-alt-delete ... I wish! pbhj Slackware 4 12-06-2002 05:38 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:54 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration