Tag: gnome

Ubuntu 9.04 Gnome restart (ctrl+alt+backspace) fix

by on Jun.13, 2009, under linux/ubuntu

In the 9.04 ubuntu upgrade they got rid of the ctrl + alt + backspace GUI/Gnome restart. Basically this command forces (kills) the Gnome GUI. It’s useful for when you have an unresponsive program, or any other reason you may want to KILL your desktop session quickly ;)

Either way to re-enable the ctrl + alt + backspace in ubuntu just add the following to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Section “ServerFlags”
Option         “DontZap” “false”

There is also another command that does the same thing, but not quite as intuitive (which if you have a keyboard with a special “function” key, it may require an extra annoying kepress).

Right ctrl + Alt + printscreen + k

And of course you can always open up a terminal and type

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart

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