[IWE] Question about Shutting down Linux blind

Peter Whysall iwe@warhead.org.uk
Wed, 31 Jan 2007 06:31:43 +0000

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On 31 Jan 2007, at 02:25, Nightowl wrote:

> Hi all,
> John's monitor is on it's last legs and although we've
> ordered a new one, it isn't here yet.
> So we have a question about how to shut down Linux KDE
> using only the keyboard, and not being able to see
> anything on the monitor. (The picture shrinks and
> jumps and blurs and fades and more and more of the
> buttons used just plain disappear).
> John did a quick search on the problem and located
> this URL:
> http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php? 
> p=2567239#post2567239
> However, we are dubious about the Control-Alt Delete
> suggestion, and it also claims you have to navigate to
> "Turn Off Computer" which he may not be able to see.
> He's concerned the screen will completely be unusable
> some morning and he will be unable to shut it down, so
> we are wondering if there is any way to shut Linux KDE
> down while completely blind, using ONLY the keyboard
> and no visuals.
> Thanks
> Brenda

login as root
type "sync" and press return (repeat 3 times)
Turn power off

Job done.

(Alternatively, just wait until the disk light goes out and turn the  
power off. If you've got a journalling filesystem, this is a viable  
course of action)

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