ctrlaltdel(8) — Linux manual page


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.

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

           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

OPTIONS         top

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

       -V, --version
           Print version and exit.

FILES         top


AUTHORS         top

       Peter Orbaek <poe@daimi.aau.dk>

SEE ALSO         top

       init(8), systemd(1)

REPORTING BUGS         top

       For bug reports, use the issue tracker at

AVAILABILITY         top

       The ctrlaltdel command is part of the util-linux package which
       can be downloaded from Linux Kernel Archive
       <https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/>. This page
       is part of the util-linux (a random collection of Linux
       utilities) project. Information about the project can be found at
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util-linux 2.39.594-1e0ad      2023-07-19                  CTRLALTDEL(8)

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