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Re: Ctrl-Alt-Del problem

On Mon, 4 Mar 1996, Martin Str|mberg wrote:
> I seem to have a little problem with Ctrl-Alt-Del. When I'm going to turn off
> my computer I usually press Ctrl-Alt-Del to reboot, and when the computer 
> reboots I turn it of. 
> However, if I do Ctrl-Alt-Del (or hold down the keys just a little to long, 
> which to me seems to be a very short interval; which is the way I usually get 
> hit by this problem) several times quickly, the system won't reboot. 
> Normally when the system reboots, is says something like "Sending processes
> TERM signal" and "Sending processes KILL signal" and then something about "cron
> stopped" and goes on going down. But when this phenomenon appears, the message
> about "Sending processes KILL signal" is the last thing displayed and then the 
> system doesn't do anything. I have to push the reset button (Ouch!).
> I'm using debian 0.93R6 with kernel 1.2.13, slightly(?) adjusted to be able to 
> mount my CD-ROM (ide.c and ide-cd.c from 1.3.9). 
> But this is reproducible on the original debian kernel as well (the one that
> you create on a floppy during installation).
> Now my questions. Has anybody else seen this happen? How should I trace down 
> this problem?

If I'm not mistaken, it is a much better to reboot your system using the
reboot and/or shutdown commands.  I seem to remember someone saying not to
use Ctrl-Alt-Del.  shutdown -h should put your machine in a halted state
for powerdown.  You have to be root to use these commands.


Syrus Nemat-Nasser <syrus@ucsd.edu>    UCSD Physics Dept.

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