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Re: User manual: basic commands chapter

Kai Grossjohann wrote:
  >>>>>> On Wed, 10 Dec 1997, Oliver Elphick said:
  >  Oliver> If Ctrl-Alt-Del is not defined in /etc/inittab, pressing it
  >  Oliver> can do no possible harm; nothing at all happens.  (It
  >  Oliver> doesn't work in X, even if it is defined, because the X
  >  Oliver> server intercepts it.)
  >I think the problem is precisely that nothing happens!
  >Consider a naive (stupid?) user who thinks that Ctrl-Alt-Del shuts
  >down the system so they can turn it off.  So they hit Ctrl-Alt-Del,
  >nothing happens, they turn it off.  Lose, lose.
  >Or are we assuming that users aren't *that* stupid?

I suppose a user trained on Windows _could_ be that stupid.  But the
place for discussion of startup and shutdown is really chapter 2 on
logging in and so on.  Of course, the full discussion belongs in the
System Administration manual.

I have added a note about using ctrl-alt-backspace to get out of X.
The trouble with this kind of thing is knowing where to stop, so as not
to redo stuff that is being done in other chapters.

The latest version is on my website:
 <http://www.lfix.co.uk/oliver/user.html/ch5.html>, updated yesterday.

Oliver Elphick                                Oliver.Elphick@lfix.co.uk
Isle of Wight                              http://www.lfix.co.uk/oliver

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