How do I restart KDM?

Nikos Chantziaras realnc at
Fri Feb 18 16:30:56 GMT 2011

On 02/18/2011 06:18 PM, Geoffray Levasseur wrote:
> On Friday 18 February 2011 06:53:53 Linus Ă–stberg wrote:
>> It is possible to reactivate the shortcut in xorg.conf. Otherwise, you
>> can restart kdm by pressing alt-e when at kdm's login screen.
>> On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 6:44 AM, Nikos Chantziaras<realnc at>  wrote:
>>> In days long ago, it was possible to restart KDM with
>>> ctrl+alt+backspace.  That doesn't work anymore.  Is there a way to
>>> restart KDM without logging in as root and restart the service?
> For me, the cleaner way is to restart it using the init script of your distro.
> If you kill the X server (or if you log out) a new KDM instance is launched
> using a parent KDM, so, in case of KDM update you can have a parent process
> with a different version than the child one... The parent process is like a
> deamon that start again the child process each time it's terminated or killed
> (and so the X server at the same time if needed).
> To restart the deamon (so the parent process):
> * on Debian and *Ubuntu: /etc/init.d/kdm restart
> * on OpenSuse and Gentoo: /etc/init.d/xdm restart
> Don't know for other distro.
> Hope I'm clear enough and I've done no mistake ;)

Yes, I know.  See the "without logging in as root and restart the 
service" part in the OP ;-)

This message is from the kde mailing list.
Account management:
More info:

More information about the kde mailing list