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SubjectRe: SYSRQ accidents
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Nathan Hand wrote:
>
>
> On Tue, 1 Sep 1998, Guest section DW wrote:
>
> > From: Nathan Hand <nathanh@chirp.com.au>
> >
> > On Fri, 28 Aug 1998, David Meyer wrote:
> >
> > > Am I the first one to aim for "k" and accidently hit "l" ? eh? I just
> > > wanted to saK my current TTY, not destroy my system!
> >
> > SAK isn't supposed to be a neat toy. It's for developers.
> >
> > Hmm - sounds like someone who doesnt have a clue what SAK is for.
>
> Apparently myself and 1,000 kernel developers. That is, unless you
> think that "Kernel Hacking" applies to non-kernel developers.

I agree with the above remark (about having clues). But let me be
constructive and tell you what SAK is normally meant to do.

SAK is used to get the REAL login program talking to you. Otherwise
someone can create a screensaver that looks exactly like the xdm login
program, and catch usernames/passwords for random people wanting to
login....

You seem to know of a different use for the feature that's useful
in debugging....

Roger.

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