F11: xorg decision to disable Ctrl-Alt-Backspace

Gerry Reno greno at verizon.net
Fri Mar 27 21:19:05 UTC 2009

Gerry Reno wrote:
> Roland McGrath wrote:
>> I'm sure many of us are used to hacking xorg.conf with:
>> Section "ServerFlags"
>> Option "DontZap" "1"
>> EndSection
>> A change to the default just means that people who care in the other
>> direction need that same thing with s/1/0/ in their habits or 
>> kickstart %post.
>> Neither of these is very satisfactory to me.
>> Where this really belongs in with the user "keyboard shortcuts" 
>> preferences
>> settings, so each desktop user gets it the way they want it. Then really
>> nobody will care which way the default is, it's just a user preference.
>> (I understand why this is magically different from other keyboard config
>> things, but I don't really care what the preferences magic does 
>> behind the
>> curtain if it makes it work.)
>> All that said, in my experience when C-M-DEL works, C-M-Fn also works to
>> switch VTs, with the same level of how-bad-the-session-is-borked 
>> affecting
>> whether the X server magic hotkeys work. So, C-M-F3 and use the console
>> login to go kill it pretty much always works for the scenarios you are
>> worried about.
>> Thanks,
>> Roland
> Just how do I sent that to a VM from a VMM? Ctrl-Alt-Backspace is the 
> menu selection. And this behavior has been a part of X as I said, for 
> decades.
This change to default behavior of Ctrl-Alt-Backspace is an example of a 
tiny minority of Emacs users lobbying xorg for a change that will affect 
a huge number of community and commercial users including datacenters 
and their sys admins. This change needs to be reversed immediately. 
Ctrl-Alt-Backspace is embedded now into many tools including all the 
virtualization tools. It is part of the DNA of every sys admin. To 
change this behavior is just insanity.


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