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A question of curiosity.


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#1 MalwareMutilator

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 02:15 PM

Hi everyone,

 

So my new Linux dual-boot install (Mint 17.2 & XP) has been running great for over 2 weeks now, and I am really enjoying it. Lot's of new things to learn but that will come with time. Anyway, my question is simply a matter of curiosity:

 

I have never seen it, nor do I ever want to see it, but when Linux crashes, what does it look like? Does a “blue screen” appear as in Windows, does it just freeze, does everything just stop? Also, does a log get created to explain the (possible) problem?

 

I'm in no hurry for the answer so please help the others who have actual problems.

 

Thanks everyone!  :thumbup2:



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#2 MadmanRB

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 03:04 PM

Well there are kernel panics, they work in the same fashion as windows bluescreens and like windows bluescreens occur for various reasons.

 

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Kernel_Panics


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Posted 06 December 2015 - 06:19 PM

Hi,

 

usually you'll just that everything is frozen and you can't get any response from keyboard or mouse. It's either the x-server(GUI manager) that died or the kernel itself.. Usually a hard reboot will be necessary

 

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 04:34 AM

If it's just a program that freezes and not the whole system:

 

Ctrl + Alt + t  (Terminal opens)

Type xkill + enter and click on the offending window/program

 

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#5 MalwareMutilator

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 06:17 AM

Many thanks to everyone for the information.  Other than the issue of getting my printer installed, which is now corrected, 17.2 seems to be rock solid.

 

Thanks again.  :)



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 06:41 AM

If the Xserver (GUI) freezes, try doing:

Ctrl-Alt-Backspace  (typically bound to "kill the X server" action)

or

Ctrl-Alt-F[1-12]  (that's F1 through F12)  This will try to switch to another virtual console to try and debug

 

Kernel panics are pretty distinct :)


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Posted 07 December 2015 - 04:52 PM

Hi MalwareMutilator

 

 

Well there are kernel panics, they work in the same fashion as windows bluescreens and like windows bluescreens occur for various reasons.

 

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Kernel_Panics

 

Although you have been with "The Firm" (BC) since 2007, I am guessing your activities have been mostly with other OSes.

 

The article MadmanRB refers to gives a broad picture of kernel panic, and possibilities with which to address, however the following should be noted:

 

Terminal commands in Arch differ to what you would use under a Linux Mint environment.

 

Package Managers used under Linux include:

 

  • pacman
    

    for Arch and its family;

  • apt-get
    

    for Debian-based Distros including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Zorin &c

  • yum
    

    for RPM-based Distros. These derived from Red Hat Linux, and include Fedora, OpenSUSE, Mageia, &c.

Under Arch, I believe

xorg-xkill

is used more commonly than xkill.

 

Under Debian-based Distros, xkill should be part of a package called "x11-utils". You can tell if that is installed by going to Terminal and typing and entering (sudo not required)

man xkill

Hope this is not too confusing.

 

Enjoy Linux, I do

 

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BTW MalwareMutilator - when you get time, you may wish to update your profile with details of your environment. Click my avatar and see my signature and you will get what I mean. This will enable us to fine-tune advice for you to more closely reflect your circumstances. Cheers.



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 06:37 PM

Let's get that Distro in you Signature lol, Cinnamon right, or is it still Mate?

 

Go to your User Name in Upper Right drop-down > Choose "Profile" > Black button Upper to Mid Right hand side says "Edit my Profile" > On Left you will see "Signature" click on that and scroll down just a little to use “Editor”.

 

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