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Recover from WindowServer crashes using one machine
Authored by: Detrius on Mar 04, '04 06:11:58PM

I'm sorry for the confusion. It's been quite a while since I've had to do this. I have done this before. You can switch users when the WindowServer process appears to be crashed. There is always a loginwindow process running for each user logged in, though it isn't necessarily owned by that user. If you kill the loginwindow process that is controlling the "crashed" user's WindowServer, then you will regain access to the machine, though oddly, there does appear to be only one WindowServer process.

Note that the higher the PID, the later the process was opened (unless the system has been running for so long that it has rolled back around).

I hope that clarifies. Kill the loginwindow process for the user, not the WindowServer.

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