CTRLALTDEL(8)               System Administration              CTRLALTDEL(8)

NAME         top

       ctrlaltdel - set the function of the Ctrl-Alt-Del combination

SYNOPSIS         top

       ctrlaltdel hard|soft

DESCRIPTION         top

       Based on examination of the linux/kernel/reboot.c code, it is clear
       that there are two supported functions that the Ctrl-Alt-Del sequence
       can perform.

       hard   Immediately reboot the computer without calling sync(2) and
              without any other preparation.  This is the default.

       soft   Make the kernel send the SIGINT (interrupt) signal to the init
              process (this is always the process with PID 1).  If this
              option is used, the init(8) program must support this feature.
              Since there are now several init(8) programs in the Linux
              community, please consult the documentation for the version
              that you are currently using.

       When the command is run without any argument, it will display the
       current setting.

       The function of ctrlaltdel is usually set in the /etc/rc.local file.

OPTIONS         top

       -V, --version
              Display version information and exit.

       -h, --help
              Display help text and exit.

FILES         top


SEE ALSO         top

       init(8), systemd(1)

AUTHOR         top

       Peter Orbaek ⟨⟩

AVAILABILITY         top

       The ctrlaltdel command is part of the util-linux package and is
       available from Linux Kernel Archive 

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util-linux                      October 2015                   CTRLALTDEL(8)

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