Xkill on Librem 5 - how?

usually xkill allows to clitk with the mouse on a stubborn window client.
what does this mean:

Select the window whose client you wish to kill with button 1....

what does it mean?

RTM (https://linux.die.net/man/1/xkill):
If no resource identifier is given with -id, xkill will display a special cursor as a prompt for the user to select a window to be killed. If a pointer button is pressed over a non-root window, the server will close its connection to the client that created the window.
I’ll ques that with L5 touch only this is a bit difficult (may be expecting mouse input or similar), unless you have a mouse attached. You should identify your target window and include that in your kill command.

I would guess the “x” in the name “xkill” stands for X11/XWindows, although I am not familiar with “xkill.”

But phoc/phosh if I recall is using Wayland and not X11, so it is probably incompatible. You could try searching “xkill equivalent for wayland” and maybe you will find something.


Good point. The beginning of that quote from man page starts: “Xkill is a utility for forcing the X server to close connections to clients. This program is very dangerous, but is useful for aborting programs that have displayed undesired windows on a user’s screen.

No direct alternatives seem to be available. There are several other methods to kill a window though (via terminal or GUI like via Usage) and are easily searchable.

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thank you for clarifying.

Thank you for your help

I just use the Gnome usage app to kill things. Works great.

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Thanks I’ll search for it and try installing it

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The Usage app should be installed already by default. Launch it, then on the Performance tab, click on the app you want to “force quit.”