[xmonad] Re: Keyboard and mouse dying

Spencer Janssen sjanssen at cse.unl.edu
Wed Jul 9 16:46:22 EDT 2008

On Tue, Jul 08, 2008 at 04:55:04PM -0300, Maurí­cio wrote:
> lithis a écrit :
>> The last question in the xmonad FAQ deals with keyboard
>> lockups. Some applications grab the keyboard and fail to
>> release the grab (I find that VLC does fairly often after
>> watching a fullscreen video).
> Can an application grab the keyboard to the point that I
> can't use Control-Alt-Backspace? Sorry for asking, but
> I prefer to try everything before changing my X configuration.
> Maurício

Yes, an application can prevent ctrl-alt-backspace.  What I generally do is
alt-sysrq-r (puts the keyboard in raw mode), then ctrl-alt-F1 to switch to a
virtual terminal and fix things from there.

Spencer Janssen

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