Script to logoff KDE/Gnome desktop user session; you can use it from command line or from desktop via Lanucher

# Script to logoff KDE/Gnome user session. 
# With proper permission via sudo it is possible that rest of the users 
# can use the same script. You can create Launcher to use this script 
# from Linux desktop. Tested on Debian Linux 3.x, but it should work with
# other Linux distros and FreeBSD
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# Copyright (c) 2005 nixCraft project <>
# This script is licensed under GNU GPL version 2.0 or above
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# This script is part of nixCraft shell script collection (NSSC)
# Visit for more information.
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# Bins, adjust them as per your UNIX/Linux/BSD system (default is Debian)
# Send HUP signal to X server :)
$PS aux | $GREP X | $GREP -v "grep" | $AWK '{ print $2}' | $XARGS $KILL -HUP $1
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2 comments… add one
  • Sameer Sep 30, 2011 @ 13:14

    Hope this helps somebody looking to find a command-line way to log out of a Gnome session:

    gnome-session-save –logout

    For more options, run:

    gnome-session-save –help

    I don’t use KDE, but came across this:

    dcop kdesktop default logout


    qdbus org.kde.ksmserver /KSMServer logout 0 0 0

    (refs: and

  • al biheiri Jun 4, 2011 @ 15:06

    wow…um… grep for X and kill it? ..

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