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I have looked for answers and so far have found nothing to answer my question. I am currently logging in to my Ubuntu server and upon running a process I can not run any of the interrupts on it. Here is my stty -a:

user@Ubuntu1:~$ stty -a
speed 38400 baud; rows 93; columns 200; line = 0;
intr = ^C; quit = ^\; erase = ^?; kill = ^U; eof = ^D; eol = M-^?; eol2 = M-^?;
swtch = <undef>; start = ^Q; stop = ^S; susp = ^Z; rprnt = ^R; werase = ^W; lnext = ^V;
flush = ^O; min = 1; time = 0;

I have nothing in my .bashrc that changes the interrupts.

This is the same for all the users including root. I have also tried logging in from different locations using different terminals and every time this same result appears. I have used both ssh and ssh -X to log in.

Edit: Locally all my interrupts work fine.

Update: I am still looking for an answer. My friend has exactly the same problem. The issue seems very much to be that when logging in (from PC, Mac, Linux) the keyboard is not picking up these keys (even though correctly mapped).

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What's the output of Ctrl+V and hitting Ctrl+C? Have you tried killing the process with kill -s 2 <pid_of_process>? This is should be equal to sending the SIGINT signal to the process. Check your terminal emulator key settings. –  user13742 Feb 14 '12 at 14:03
The output is correct. If I do the following Ctrl+V and then Ctrl+C I get ^C. I get the same if I do Ctrl+V and then Ctrl+Z I get ^Z. I can kill processes with kill if i do this from another terminal. Also so note locally and in other terminals these commands work fine –  user700786 Feb 14 '12 at 14:35
Have you tried hitting Ctrl+C while running another process (e.g. cat)? Maybe it's that process that ignores Ctrl+C. Or do you mean that locally on the Ubuntu server, that particular process responds to Ctrl+C, in which case, in what terminal did you try? What about a screen session? –  Gilles Feb 14 '12 at 15:49
If I run anything in the terminal on my machine then it will pick up the interrupts no problem. Its as soon i ssh into my server that it will not pick up the interrupts. None of the processes I have tried pick up any interrupts –  user700786 Feb 14 '12 at 20:31
If the command gets killed with kill -s 2 (note the -s 2, that's SIGINT (the signal that's usually sent when you hit Ctrl+C, the default for kill is SIGTERM)), then the command is not ignoring the interrupt. Something else is picking it up. When you run this locally and it works, are you saying it works using the same terminal in the client machine to run something locally, or running a terminal emulator locally in the server machine? I wonder if you're using some emulator that is trying to mimick Ctrl+C from the Windows world... –  njsg Mar 6 '12 at 8:56

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Here is some hardcore trick:


it will suspend your process and it'll return you the job ID of that process


kill -9 %1

(replace 1 with your job ID).

Note: Percentage is mandatory!, otherwise you'll kill your init process which means you will kill the kernel and the whole system will crash (so don't put the space in between :)

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I ran into this old forum post about this particular issue. It appears the default interrupt sequence could be overridden in a separate config file somewhere.

If you are just looking to kill this process externally you can use kill just beware that you should escalate kill as outlined in this article on killing processes, rather than just jump to the most extreme kill -9.

Wikipedia is a great resource for the kill program. Also here is a list of Unix signals and what they do.

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Ctrl+c will not kill the process. it will just stop the current running process in the middle. To kill the process we need to use "KILL" command

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In fact kill sends a signal to a process. Doesn't kill it.The default signal sent with kill is TERM, the signal sent with ctrl+c is SIGINT. –  criziot Jul 11 '12 at 15:22

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