20 Sep 2010

Quick tip: Linux Xkill

Need a fast and easy way to kill an unresponsive application in Linux?

  1. Press Alt + F2.
  2. Type xkill in the Run Application dialog.
  3. Click the application with the X (or skull and crossbone) cursor.

I discovered this after having a fullscreen Java app freeze on me a few times in Ubuntu.

Further reading

Xkill manual page

Xkill Wikipedia page

About the Author:

Hardware and software engineer with experience in product development and building automation. Director at Cabot Technologies and Product Manager at NEX Data Management Systems.

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