weird keyboard lock in X

Duncan Roe duncanr at
Fri Apr 5 17:37:57 EST 2002

Doesn't Alt-F6 (or Ctrl-Alt-F6) get you a console after you've logged out X?

When X is running normally, Ctrl-Alt-F6 *should* get you a console, assuming
/etc/inittab enables TTY6 at your runlevel - that used to be standard practice.

(If Ctrl-Alt-F6 gets you a console, Alt-F7 probably gets you back to X, or
some number of Alt-right_or_leftarrows should).

Hmm - might be worth being a little careful the first time you try this.

Cheers ... Duncan.

On Fri, Apr 05, 2002 at 03:18:12PM +1000, Everard Edwards wrote:
> Every now and then (once every few days) my keyboard locks up in X, capslock
> lights etc won't even change.  However, the computer is running fine I can
> logout of X using the mouse and WM menu, but obviously can't reboot from the
> command line (I don't use runlevel 5) as I don't get the keyboard back when
> exiting X, I can reboot it from the other machine on my home network though,
> but that is rather a pain.  My guess is that some program is locking the
> keyboard then not releasing it when it closes (is that possible?), but there
> doesn't seem to be any pattern to it.  Alternatively, could it be because my
> keyboard is one with extra keys for web, email, cdplayer etc and X has it
> listed as a standard 105 key keyboard - I don't have the extra keys mapped
> to anything.
>   Is there anyway to get the keyboard back without rebooting, any clue as
> to why this is hapopening and how to fix it?  There was nothing obvious in
> syslog, or the X log, is there anywhere else I can look to get a clue?
>   Ev
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