CTRL+ALT+DEL under Gnome as in KDE

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CTRL+ALT+DEL under Gnome as in KDE

Postby leo72 on Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:13 pm

I would like to suggest a method to emulate the functionality of the CTRL+ALT+DEL keybinding under the Gnome desktop as it works in KDE.
As you know, when you press the above keys in KDE, a pirate's skull appears so that you can kill any frozen window/application that you are running on your desktop.

Under Gnome you can do as follow:
- open a terminal and type "gconf-editor" (without the quotes);
- open "apps/metacity/global_keybindings"
- look for "run_command_x" (where x goes from 1 to 10: choose the first one that you have empty);
- right click and select "modify key", then insert a combination of keys that is not used by other keys. I've choosed "<Ctrl><Shift>Delete", that is free and very similar to the one of KDE;
- now open "apps/metacity/keybinding_commands" (it is just near the previous);
- here right click on the corresponding "command_x" that you have choosen before (i.e.: if you chose "run_command_1" then choose "command_1") and insert "xkill"

Now try to type the sequence that you chose and look at the mouse pointer: it will change in a pirate's skull! You will now be able to close any window on your Gnome desktop!
(tip: if you don't want to close any window, just do a right click and the pointer will come back at its normal state).
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Postby carlos on Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:51 pm

Is it possible to have this as a default in mint? A lot of people have asked about this before on the forum. Why not add it as default feature of mint?
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Postby nelamvr6 on Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:57 pm

Another option is to add a "Force Quit" to the panel.
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Postby leo72 on Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:21 am

nelamvr6 wrote:Another option is to add a "Force Quit" to the panel.


Yes, but sometimes the system is heavy loaded and the system can take a lot of seconds to answer at an user click. Calling the "deadly skull" by a keybinding is faster and lighter.
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Re: CTRL+ALT+DEL under Gnome as in KDE

Postby hippy on Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:41 am

leo72 wrote:I would like to suggest a method to emulate the functionality of the CTRL+ALT+DEL keybinding under the Gnome desktop as it works in KDE.
As you know, when you press the above keys in KDE, a pirate's skull appears so that you can kill any frozen window/application that you are running on your desktop.

Under Gnome you can do as follow:
- open a terminal and type "gconf-editor" (without the quotes);
- open "apps/metacity/global_keybindings"
- look for "run_command_x" (where x goes from 1 to 10: choose the first one that you have empty);
- right click and select "modify key", then insert a combination of keys that is not used by other keys. I've choosed "<Ctrl><Shift>Delete", that is free and very similar to the one of KDE;
- now open "apps/metacity/keybinding_commands" (it is just near the previous);
- here right click on the corresponding "command_x" that you have choosen before (i.e.: if you chose "run_command_1" then choose "command_1") and insert "xkill"

Now try to type the sequence that you chose and look at the mouse pointer: it will change in a pirate's skull! You will now be able to close any window on your Gnome desktop!
(tip: if you don't want to close any window, just do a right click and the pointer will come back at its normal state).


Thanks 8)
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Postby linuxviolin on Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:46 pm

leo72 wrote:CTRL+ALT+DEL keybinding under the Gnome desktop as it works in KDE.
As you know, when you press the above keys in KDE, a pirate's skull appears so that you can kill any frozen window/application that you are running on your desktop.

Yes but at my home it's rather Ctrl+Alt+Esc :D
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Postby Noob Saibot on Wed Nov 14, 2007 5:05 pm

This is awesome. I second the request to have this in Mint by default!
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