why desktop apps are able to kill my freebsd box?

C. P. Ghost cpghost at cordula.ws
Tue Jul 5 08:46:51 UTC 2011

On Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 2:42 AM, Timo <timo.bsdmail at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Why a faulty desktop application run as unprivileged user is able to
>> crash my system?
>> I mean, I know programs have bugs and sometimes they lead to crashes.
>> I'm fine with that. But why a crashing program (for example firefox or
>> banshee) is able to kill the whole system?
>> And by 'crash' or 'kill' i mean that for whatever reason the system is
>> frozen and doesn't reply to anything but a hard reset.

Can you still log in via ssh from another box?
Or at least, can you ping the "frozen" box from
the outside?

Usually, a frozen system isn't really frozen, it's just
Xorg which is. And that's often related to buggy
graphics drivers.


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