[SOLVED]what is the Mint equivalent of windows 'Task Manager' (Ctrl+Alt+Delete)?

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[SOLVED]what is the Mint equivalent of windows 'Task Manager' (Ctrl+Alt+Delete)?

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Do we have one? I ask as i was running two browsers the other day and one froze so bad it stuck the whole PC and i had to close both browsers down (losing the pages i had been viewing) to solve it.

In windows i would have done the Ctrl+Alt+Delete thing to bring up Windows task manager and used that to navigate to the individual process that had frozen the PC and just shut that down (one browser rather than both). So my question is do we have that kind of detailed error fixing tool in Mint for closing stuck/frozen/bugged individual running processes and if so how to get to that info on a 'stuck' pc?
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Re: what is the Mint equivalent of windows 'Task Manager' (Ctrl+Alt+Delete)?

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For forcibly closing graphical applications: launch a terminal, type xkill, press Enter and kill the bastard by clicking on it. :mrgreen:

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Tip: change xkill's "kill cursor" back to the original skull and bones:
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Re: what is the Mint equivalent of windows 'Task Manager' (Ctrl+Alt+Delete)?

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At least in Mint 17 Cinnamon, there is System Monitor. (Click Menu, Administration, System Monitor) I assume the same thing or something very much like it is available in the other Mint versions. I used to have Firefox freeze up on me now and then, and to kill it, I entered Alt-F2 to bring up a command window, then entered killall firefox. Or I went to one of the virtual terminals with Ctrl-Alt-[F1 - F6] and used killall from there.
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System Monitor in GNOME and Cinnamon, MATE System Monitor in MATE, KSysGuard in KDE, and Task Manager in XFCE.
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Re: what is the Mint equivalent of windows 'Task Manager' (Ctrl+Alt+Delete)?

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Pjotr wrote:Tip: change xkill's "kill cursor" back to the original skull and bones:
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... irate-icon
(item 5.1, left column)
That is great! Thanks.
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Re: what is the Mint equivalent of windows 'Task Manager' (Ctrl+Alt+Delete)?

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To make it even easier:
Go to Menu > System Settings > Keyboard.
Under the "Keyboard shortcuts" tab, click the "Add custom shortcut" button.
Enter xkill to both the Name and Command boxes and click the Add button.
Click on the unassigned row (unassigned is then changed to New accelerator... or Pick an accelerator).
Press a new key combination, such as Ctrl+Alt-x.
Now, to kill a program, you can press Ctrl+Alt-x and click on the program... gone in 2 seconds :D
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Pjotr wrote: Click on the image to enlarge it:
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Tip: change xkill's "kill cursor" back to the original skull and bones:
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... irate-icon
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austin.texas wrote:To make it even easier:
Go to Menu > System Settings > Keyboard.
Under the "Keyboard shortcuts" tab, click the "Add custom shortcut" button.
Enter xkill to both the Name and Command boxes and click the Add button.
Click on the unassigned row (unassigned is then changed to New accelerator... or Pick an accelerator).
Press a new key combination, such as Ctrl+Alt-x.
Now, to kill a program, you can press Ctrl+Alt-x and click on the program... gone in 2 seconds :D
Excellent. Quick and simple! I'm so setting that up this weekend.
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Hey :) Thanks very much guys, very very handy, and the cartoon was a hoot too.

I've added a shortcut to System Monitor to appear on the panel and will have a go at setting up the Ctrl+Alt+Delete command for xkill (some windows habits take a long time to die!).

After i had posted and logged out, i realized i had not given the basic info (like what version i was using (Cinnamon 17.1) etc!) to help with answers. I'm still such a newbie, a very happy Mint using newbie (eternal thanks to Windows 10 for being what it is to force me onto Mint!) :)
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and i had to close both browsers down (losing the pages i had been viewing)
You can check in History and in FF can get option to reopen previous tabs that were open.
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Interesting cartoon. My experience is the opposite. Windows C+A+D works most of the time in the versions of Windows I use. The Linux equivalents fail most of the time. It appears that the GUI takes down the keyboard.

In Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon, CAD brings up switch user. If I have Linux System Monitor running, it locks up along with everything else. The command line window also locks up, eliminating killall and other options. Some of the other recommended keyboard sequences also fail. Alt-F2 is the one I will test next as the lockup is reproducible. Image Viewer!
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Re: [SOLVED]what is the Mint equivalent of windows 'Task Manager' (Ctrl+Alt+Delete)?

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Do you mean something like Gnome-System-Monitor?
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Do you mean something like Gnome-System-Monitor?
Administrator -> System Monitor supplied in LM 18.3.

I tested Alt-F2 and it did nothing. No F anything or Alt anything. Keyboard operations and shortcuts are useless when the keyboard is completely disabled. I just wanted to point out the keyboard is processed differently. From what I remember of earlier versions of Linux, there were keyboard actions that would take you to a black screen with no GUI. I will start a separate thread next time it happens.
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Ctrl + Alt + F2 seems to send her into a single screen terminal mode. I couldn't figure out how to toggle back to the GUI but should you have your command language down you can likely perform some magic. As not a command master I simply issued a graceful shutdown from here. I think that's a soft Hail-Mary vs. the dread press and hold the power button?
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Re: [SOLVED]what is the Mint equivalent of windows 'Task Manager' (Ctrl+Alt+Delete)?

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G-Mo wrote:Ctrl + Alt + F2 seems to send her into a single screen terminal mode. I couldn't figure out how to toggle back to the GUI
Ctrl + Alt + F7 (or sometimes F8)

When you are in the graphical session enter the command, w, to see if it is tty7 or tty8

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If it says tty7, then Ctrl + Alt + F7 takes you back there.
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Re: [SOLVED]what is the Mint equivalent of windows 'Task Manager' (Ctrl+Alt+Delete)?

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On my LM 18.3 Cinnamon, w says tty7. Ctl+Alt+F7 does nothing. Ctl+Alt+F2 and Ctl+Alt+F8 both lock up the keyboard/mouse, forcing a reboot.
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More experiments after a fresh reboot. Some of these do not work consistently and some only work immediately after a reboot.
Ctl+Alt+F1 locks system. Ctl+Alt+F7 unlocks system.
Ctl+Alt+F2 locks system with black screen. Ctl+Alt+F7 unlocks system.
Ctl+Alt+F3 locks system. Ctl+Alt+F7 unlocks system.
Ctl+Alt+F4 locks system. Ctl+Alt+F7 unlocks system.
Ctl+Alt+F5 locks system. Ctl+Alt+F7 unlocks system.
Ctl+Alt+F6 locks system with black screen. Ctl+Alt+F7 unlocks system.
Ctl+Alt+F8 locks system with black screen. Ctl+Alt+F7 unlocks system.
Ctl+Alt+F9 locks system. Ctl+Alt+F7 unlocks system.
Ctl+Alt+F10 locks system. Ctl+Alt+F7 unlocks system.
Ctl+Alt+F11 locks system with black screen. Ctl+Alt+F7 unlocks system.
Ctl+Alt+F12 locks system with black screen. Ctl+Alt+F7 unlocks system.
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