Is there some equivalent of 'task manager'?

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Is there some equivalent of 'task manager'?

Postby atyar on Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:51 am

Several times since I began using Mint about a week ago, the computer has frozen up. 3 times while trying to run Lincity, and a couple of times while on the internet. If I had been running Windows at the time, I would have tried to bring up task manager to kill the offending process, and move on. I've not come across the equivalent in Linux, yet, so I've had to do a hard power-down of the pc, then deal with the file system errors fix routine, etc. One of those times, it took me a couple of tries to get Mint running again as I had to get more familiar with the fsck util usage.

Is there a better way to get out of a 'frozen' situation like this? Also, is there a thorough fsck or equivalent I can run to shore up the file systems in my many partitions? After all of the freezes, etc., I'm not 100% confident that all is well with the file systems.....

Thanks! :P
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Re: Is there some equivalent of 'task manager'?

Postby gibbs1984 on Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:08 am

If it's just one particular program that freezes/crashes then you can use System Monitor (which you can find in the mintMenu) and kill the process, or like I do I have the Force Quit icon on my taskbar and use that to kill a program that crashes, this can be found by right clicking on the taskbar, Add to Panel and then selecting Force Quit.

If it's your whole computer that is crashing then I don't think these will be the best option as you'll probably have some other major issue that keeps making it crash.
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Re: Is there some equivalent of 'task manager'?

Postby DataMan on Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:12 am

Or, from a command line approach:

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$ ps aux


To kill a process (the process id from the above) :
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$ kill -9 <process id inserted here>


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Re: Is there some equivalent of 'task manager'?

Postby atyar on Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:43 am

Thanks for the info. In my case, neither the mouse nor the keyboard are responsive when it's freezing up. I was hoping there was some equivalent of a 'Ctrl-Alt-Delete' key combo, as there are times when Windows misbehaves that the 3-finger salute is the only was to kill an offending task.

Hmm......not sure what the problem could be :?

I've run the Linux update, so that's all up-to-speed. All I can think of from there is that it's something to do with multimedia apps - when I was on the net, I think I was testing watch instantly on Netflix with Firefox, or something to that effect. Before the movie even started playing, the pc froze.

In reality, all I really use this laptop for is Openoffice, email, and the internet, so Mint seems like a good choice for it, given the age of the platform (Thinkpad T40). Wish I could get it to work stable-like :mrgreen:
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Re: Is there some equivalent of 'task manager'?

Postby emorrp1 on Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:51 am

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Re: Is there some equivalent of 'task manager'?

Postby bobcollard on Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:44 pm

atyar wrote:Thanks for the info. In my case, neither the mouse nor the keyboard are responsive when it's freezing up. I was hoping there was some equivalent of a 'Ctrl-Alt-Delete' key combo, as there are times when Windows misbehaves that the 3-finger salute is the only was to kill an offending task.

Hmm......not sure what the problem could be :?

I've run the Linux update, so that's all up-to-speed. All I can think of from there is that it's something to do with multimedia apps - when I was on the net, I think I was testing watch instantly on Netflix with Firefox, or something to that effect. Before the movie even started playing, the pc froze.

In reality, all I really use this laptop for is Openoffice, email, and the internet, so Mint seems like a good choice for it, given the age of the platform (Thinkpad T40). Wish I could get it to work stable-like :mrgreen:

In Mint it's Ctrl/Alt/Esc then click your mouse button, Or, you could use another method if your mouse works. Look at the second option in this link:
http://wlmtips.com/2008/07/25/force-qui ... ux-friday/
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