Ctrl-Alt-Backspace doesn't work

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HAL was depreciated in Salix OS 14. Therefore this article applies only to Salix OS version(s) 13.37 and earlier.

In recent xorg releases the use of the Ctrl-Alt-Backspace key combination to zap X has been removed. You can now use the Alt-PrintScreen-k key combination, which kills the current session rather than the x server though.

If you want to get the Ctrl-Alt-Backspace key combination working, you can edit the /etc/hal/fdi/policy/10-keymap.fdi hal configuration file, find the line that refers to "input.xkb.options" and edit it like this:

<merge key="input.xkb.options" type="string">terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp</merge>

If you already have some keyboard switching options in that line just add the terminate rule next to it, using a comma to separate the two rules.