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Restarting the GUI remotely System
If your GUI ever locks up completely, and you have access to another machine, you may be able to repair it remotely. Telnet (or SSH) in, open a terminal, and do "ps -aux". Look for in the list, note the PID number, and then "kill -9" that PID.

This should restart your GUI so you can use your machine again.
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Cutting to the chase
Authored by: sinjin on Oct 19, '04 11:13:38PM
This hint has saved me a few times. I find this modification helpful for getting right to the process:

ps -auxw | grep

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Restarting the GUI remotely
Authored by: T0b1 on Mar 21, '11 07:35:05AM

All at once :
ps aux | awk '/loginwindow/ && !/awk/ {print $2}' | sudo xargs kill -9

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