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kill-desktop

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kill-desktop helps you exit your graphical applications without losing data. It can ask applications to exit, tell them to exit, and exit them.

Config

There must be a config file. The app prefers xdg directories, then ..

Start it with no config, and it will make and use one:

I couldn't find a config file at any of these locations:
 * "/home/faux/.config/kill-desktop/config.toml"
 * "/home/faux/.kill-desktop.toml"
 * "kill-desktop.toml"

So.. I'm going to make you one. I hope you like it:
 * "/home/faux/.config/kill-desktop/config.toml"
Done!

Demo

kill-desktop presents the status of the current system, and offers you some options:

$ kill-desktop
📫 gedit - Untitled Document 1 - gedit
📫 google-chrome - quad.pe - Google Chrome
📭 slack - Slack
📫 spotify - XYconstant - Do It Well (feat. Tom Aspaul)
📫 sun-awt-X11-XFramePeer - kill-desktop [~/code/kill-desktop] - .../src/main.rs [kill-desktop] - IntelliJ

Here, we can see a load of applications running. This view is updated in real-time.

You are asked for an action. Let's ask everyone to shut down nicely:

Apply to all: [a]sk to exit/[a]lt+f4, [t]ell to exit/[t]erm, [k]ill, or [q]uit? d
Asking everyone to quit.

The apps start shutting down:

📫 google-chrome - quad.pe - Google Chrome
📭 slack - Slack
📭 spotify - XYconstant - Do It Well (feat. Tom Aspaul)
📫 sun-awt-X11-XFramePeer - kill-desktop [~/code/kill-desktop] - .../src/main.rs [kill-desktop] - IntelliJ
Apply to all: [a]sk to exit/[a]lt+f4, [t]ell to exit/[t]erm, [k]ill, or [q]uit?

gedit has gone, slack and Spotify are thinking about it.

📭 google-chrome - quad.pe - Google Chrome
📭 slack - Slack
📭 spotify - XYconstant - Do It Well (feat. Tom Aspaul)
📫 sun-awt-X11-XFramePeer - kill-desktop [~/code/kill-desktop] - .../src/main.rs [kill-desktop] - IntelliJ
Apply to all: [a]sk to exit/[a]lt+f4, [t]ell to exit/[t]erm, [k]ill, or [q]uit?

google-chrome has woken up and is thinking about it.

📭 google-chrome - quad.pe - Google Chrome
📭 slack - Slack
📭 spotify - XYconstant - Do It Well (feat. Tom Aspaul)
📫 sun-awt-X11-XFramePeer - IntelliJ IDEA
Apply to all: [a]sk to exit/[a]lt+f4, [t]ell to exit/[t]erm, [k]ill, or [q]uit?

They're going down!

📭 slack - Slack
📭 spotify - XYconstant - Do It Well (feat. Tom Aspaul)
📫 sun-awt-X11-XFramePeer - IntelliJ IDEA
Apply to all: [a]sk to exit/[a]lt+f4, [t]ell to exit/[t]erm, [k]ill, or [q]uit?
📭 slack - Slack
📭 spotify - XYconstant - Do It Well (feat. Tom Aspaul)
📭 sun-awt-X11-XFramePeer - IntelliJ IDEA
Apply to all: [a]sk to exit/[a]lt+f4, [t]ell to exit/[t]erm, [k]ill, or [q]uit?

... so slowly ...

📭 slack - Slack
📭 spotify - XYconstant - Do It Well (feat. Tom Aspaul)
Apply to all: [a]sk to exit/[a]lt+f4, [t]ell to exit/[t]erm, [k]ill, or [q]uit?
📭 slack - Slack

Aha, just slack is left, and it's closed its window. It hasn't exited, though. That would be what we want. Let's tell it to quit.

Apply to all: [a]sk to exit/[a]lt+f4, [t]ell to exit/[t]erm, [k]ill, or [q]uit? t
Telling everyone to quit.
No applications found, exiting.

At last, it went away, and we can confidently reboot.