How to disable Kernel’s Emergency keys in Ubuntu

Posted: May 5, 2011 in Ubuntu
Tags: , , ,

Hello folks.

In some cases, Kernel’s emergency keys can entry in conflit with others funcionalities in Ubuntu, for example, screenshot. It uses Alt + Prt Sc to get current window. Prt Sc and Sys Rq is the same key.

However, to disable them, open the file /etc/sysctl.conf as root privileges and change or append the line below to the end of the file.


Now, open the terminal and run:

sudo sysctl -p

The command above will reload the settings. To do the test, try to use one of the combination keys shown in Kernel’s Emergency keys in Ubuntu.

To finish, you must be thinking what mean kernel.sysrq=0. Don’t worry, below is the meaning of each possible values.

0 –> Disable all Sys Rq
1 –> Enable Sys Rq completely
2 –> Enable control of console logging level
4 –> Control of keyboard (SAK, unraw)
8 –> Enable debugging dumps of processes etc.
16 –> Enable sync command
32 –> Enable remount read-only
64 –> Enable signalling of processes (term, kill, oom-kill)
128 –> Allow reboot/poweroff
256 –> Allow nicing of all RT tasks

More information about that you can find in

That’s it. See you next time.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s