Trivial questions about CNTL-ALT-DEL and CNTL-ALT-BACKSPACE

Philipp Lengemann freebsdmail at
Mon Nov 16 17:27:48 UTC 2009

Am Sun, 15 Nov 2009 15:19:29 -0800
schrieb "Ronald F. Guilmette" <rfg at>:

> I _did_ go and read the Handbook section that Manolis Kiagias
> kindly posted a link to, and I have now tried _both_ of the two
> ways described there to re-enable CNTL-ALT-BACKSPACE functionality
> for the X server, and sadly I must report that for me, at least
> _neither_ of those methods worked

Put the following to your xorg.conf:

Section "ServerFlags"
  Option "DontZap"         "off"
  Option "AllowEmptyInput" "off"
  Option "AutoAddDevices"  "off"

Section "InputDevice"
  Option "XkbOptions" "terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp"

This works for me very reliable (xorg-7.4_2).


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