Poll: Should Xorg change from using Ctrl+Alt+Backspace to something harder for users to press by accident?
Alan James Caruana
ajcaruana at gmail.com
Mon Oct 6 22:53:11 PDT 2008
I think that the key combination should remain the same.
However there could be some workaround for accidental X Server zapping, like
needing to press the combo twice or more, or bringing up a dialog box to
confirm that the user wants to close the X Server, or maybe even both ....
i.e. by default a dialog box is brought up, but if the user presses the
combo again the server should be zapped. That way, if the system is so
crashed that the user cannot even see the dialog box, he can still zap the
server if he needs to.
On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 4:41 AM, Jason Spiro <jasonspiro4 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Problem: Many users have killed X by accident.
> Solution idea: Make it harder to kill X by accident. E.g. you could
> change the key sequence users must press.
> * Maybe require Control+Alt+Backspace then Control-Alt-Y.
> * Or require Control+K+X pressed simultaneously.
> What do you think? Should Xorg change this key sequence? Please vote
> "yes" or "no". You can add comments too. If you reply only to me by
> private mail, I will eventually summarize your reply to the list.
> ^ . See http://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10510 then
> scroll down to the "== Example evidence ==" section. Or see
> ^ . I filed a bug about this last year but it's still untriaged.
> So now I'm asking here. It's bug 10510 (Xorg should use a more
> unlikely key combination than Control-Alt-Backspace as the server zap
> key): http://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10510
> ^ . After Control+Alt+Backspace, the PC speaker would beep once,
> the keyboard LEDs would blink a few times, and X
> would attempt to show a warning dialog. Thanks to Elisée Maurer at
> http://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10510#c1 for the
> warning-dialog idea.
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