How to implement alternate zap key idea

David Gerard dgerard at
Wed Sep 24 01:22:47 PDT 2008

2008/9/23 Jaymz Julian <jaymz at>:

> Lots of things "shouldn't" happen, with computers.  One day, we will
> make them bug free.  And no-one will ever have to kill X again, or it
> won't be the easiest way out at least.  Or maybe reboots will be
> fast enough to not bother for users.  At which point you can
> ctrl-alt-del again, but then we'd be having the same discussion
> anyhow...

FWIW, I tend to kill X not with ctrl-alt-bs but by going to a non-X
console with ctrl-alt-F2 and sudo pkill Xorg. I suppose that's a bit
Linux/FreeBSD-specific, of course. sshing in from another machine also
works well.

- d.

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