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Thread: POLL: Do you want to have CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE disabled in Jaunty?

  1. #41
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    Re: POLL: Do you want to have CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE disabled in Jaunty?

    As a relative noobie (certainly uneducated in *nix, finding it out as I go along) I am gutted that this has been removed. I didn't even know it existed until I saw this thread / upgraded to Jaunty. The hours I could have saved when messing with my xorg.conf by being able to just kill then restart X rather than reboot the computer are numerous. But if it is to go I would certainly back the implementation of another short-cut such as the 'hold for two seconds' (that's actually quite a long time: I can't see anyone accidentally holding a three key combo for more than a fraction of a second) or a different, less easily mistaken combo.
    To err is human, but not uniquely so.

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    Re: POLL: Do you want to have CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE disabled in Jaunty?

    I can understand why its being done but I will re-enable it myself.

    You can also use "sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart" from the terminal although if your desktop has crashed or you got a memory leak and want to fix it quickly then your going to need to enable it.

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    Re: POLL: Do you want to have CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE disabled in Jaunty?

    I think this has been influenced from damn Brainstorm. Pretty sure i've seen it on there.

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    Re: POLL: Do you want to have CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE disabled in Jaunty?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eclipse. View Post
    I can understand why its being done but I will re-enable it myself.

    You can also use "sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart" from the terminal although if your desktop has crashed or you got a memory leak and want to fix it quickly then your going to need to enable it.
    switching to vty... (Ctrl+Alt+"F1-F6")

    While were at it, why don't we disable CONFIG_MAGIC_SYSRQ also...

    I personally can't remember when was the last time I used C+A+B.
    As the development goes onward, few changes requires restart of X.
    (Not counting updates of display drivers and of X itself)

    Displays can be configured via xrandr (to some extent)
    So as a closing note, I'll vote Yes.
    Because users are able to enable it if they want to,
    thanks for the good documentation.
    Sorry for the jibberish..

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    Re: POLL: Do you want to have CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE disabled in Jaunty?

    Well, I've pressed the key combo by accident while working quickly, and it sucked horribly. I've also used this combo intentionally more that a few times. My opinion: good riddance. It's just too destructive, and there are perfectly good ways to achieve the effect of restarting X. Sure, they may take a few seconds longer, but it's not like this is functionality you need very often (and if you do, there's something else wrong).

    Also, Ctrl-Alt-Del is a good shortcut (easy to find with your hands, since all keys are on the edge of the main keyboard), and I look forward to being able to use it for something that will benefit me daily.

    [edit] @taaviko, I'd say magic sysrq is more useful to me, since I can often use it to safely reboot a computer that seems to have completely hanged, or at least sync the filesystem.
    Last edited by Wolki; January 16th, 2009 at 09:55 PM.

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    Re: POLL: Do you want to have CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE disabled in Jaunty?

    I would like to at least have an option to put this in at install: ex. user given a prompt to install the shortcut (with warning that it will restart X and kill all processes) or not install it.

    My personal preference is to have it, saved my butt on numerous occasions.
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    Re: POLL: Do you want to have CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE disabled in Jaunty?

    just FYK to enable CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE put this inside your xorg.conf
    Code:
    Section "ServerFlags"
    	Option 		"DontZap"	"off"	
    EndSection
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    Re: POLL: Do you want to have CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE disabled in Jaunty?

    Thanks Gourgi I had the dontzap option set wrong , it works now
    if it ain't broke you haven't tweaked it enough

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    Re: POLL: Do you want to have CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE disabled in Jaunty?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolki View Post
    @taaviko, I'd say magic sysrq is more useful to me, since I can often use it to safely reboot a computer that seems to have completely hanged, or at least sync the filesystem.
    IMHO is that Ctrl+Alt+Del is far more devious than C+A+B
    cause it reboots the system. In windows it open's the prompt to do few things. Both of them should be put away, and be enabled only if user desires it.

    and about that comment about SysRq, it was sarcasm

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    Thumbs down Re: POLL: Do you want to have CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE disabled in Jaunty?

    Add this to your xorg.conf & then you can!

    Code:
    Section "ServerFlags"
            Option "DontZap" "no"
    EndSection

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