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SubjectRe: ctrl-alt-del not handicap accesable?
On Wed, 18 Feb 1998, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On Wed, 18 Feb 1998, Linux Mailing list account wrote:
> > Recently, a friend of mine (who only has one arm) was complaining to me that
> > ctrl-alt-del did not shutdown/reboot his linux box. It took me a minute to
> > realize that you must use the left control and alt keys -- the right ones
> > don't work. He now uses his nose to reboot his system, but complains to me
> > every time :)
> >
> > Is there any reason we are only allowing the left control and alt keys to be
> > used?
>
> Not specifically, but you _shouldn't_ use ctrl-alt-del
> to reboot your system. You should to a reboot or telinit 6
> (when under Linux or RedHat) to make a clean reboot.
>
> Rik.

Except in odd situations (when first starting, and right before shutdown),
ctrl-alt-del just sends a signal to init. (SIGINT, according to the
ctrlaltdel (8) manpage.) In these situations, a hard reboot is probably a
Good Thing, as nothing else would work.

-=- James Mastros


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