How To Pass CTRL-ALT-DELETE Into A Xen Virtual Machine

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10


The default release key combination for exiting a DomU window is CTRL-ALT. This can cause a problem if you need to pass CTRL-ALT-DELETE. The problem we run into is that as soon as the CTRL-ALT key combination is pressed we are no longer in the DomU interface.


The resolution to this issue is that Xen has the capability for a sticky key once it has been pressed three times.

To pass the CTRL-ALT-DELETE to the DomU, make the CTRL key sticky by pressing it three times, and then press ALT-DELETE simultaneously (not while pressing CTRL):




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  • Document ID:3161379
  • Creation Date: 18-Jan-2008
  • Modified Date:23-Feb-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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