Xorg Issues: Is Ctrl+Alt+Backspace Broken For You?


I have found , especially for bleeding-edge distro users that at least one nice shortcut is now disabled by default for X11’s new version, 1.6.0, you use that. To determine what version of xorg you use, type this command into Terminal:

man xorg | grep xorg-server

If you have 1.6.0 or above, Ctrl+Alt+Backspace will NO LONGER work. This was very useful to restart X Server to reset any changes to X or after an upgrade to your system that broke icons or other visual elements.

To fix this (as root):

  • vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf
  • Go to the section called “ServerFlags”
  • Under that section add: Option “DontZap” “false”
  • If you don’t have that section in your xorg just make the section as so :

Section “ServerFlags”
Option “DontZap” “false”
End Section

That’s it! Log out and log back in , or restart if you want, and Ctrl+Alt+Backspace should be functional again!




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Posted on 20090415, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thanks for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts
    and I will be waiting for your next post thanks once again.

  2. My relatives all the time say that I am wasting my time here
    at web, but I know I am getting experience daily by reading such pleasant articles or reviews.

    • professorkaos64

      Good to hear you are enjoying it! I aim to make useful articles from experience, not just some regurgitation of another. Tell your relatives it takes a smart cookie to use Linux 😉 Keep it up!


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