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Thread: What happens when I kill Gnome?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2011

    What happens when I kill Gnome?

    Was working in Ubuntu 12.04 and closed a program and immediately the screen locked up. Switched to ctrl+f1 and tried killing various PID but none worked. I then saw somewhere I can kill gmone, which I did which seemed to put me back at a login. What happens to everything when you 'kill gnome'? Do all the other programs I have open have their process killed too? I get a little worried if this kind of thing might corrupt a mounted Truecrypt volume/container or my Thunderbird email profile for example. Is this the best command to kill a GUI-only freeze (of course I'm not sure if mine was GUI only)?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    WI USA
    Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

    Re: What happens when I kill Gnome?

    Looking at the manual page may help and there is other information as well .
     man kill
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Lubuntu Development Release

    Re: What happens when I kill Gnome?

    All processes that run a GUI are children of the GNOME process, so if you kill gnome they would go too. For a better command, you might try
    sudo restart gdm
    if you use GNOME.

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