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I'm running the latest desktop Ubuntu, and my system seems to have frozen -- the pointer moves when I move the mouse, but nothing else is happening; even the clock is stopped. tty1-6 work just fine, though; it's just the GUI.

Normally I'd just restart, but I have an open file in gedit with a lot of unsaved changes -- inexplicably, the auto-save hasn't worked for ages. Is there a way to go into another console, log in with the same account, and access processes in a GUI console, either to just send a "save" command or just retrieve the open file text?

ETA: I know how to get the process ID with lsof and have done so. I suspect there may be something I can do with disown or the like.

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You can look to see if it saved a backup, ls -A, you should (hopefully) see a file.txt~. Otherwise, I do not know a solution, I would debug why autosave is not working. –  bodhi.zazen May 23 '13 at 16:09
    
I didn't think to mention, but while there IS a file.txt~, it's older than the file.txt. –  Shay Guy May 23 '13 at 16:27
    
check the contents. nano file.txt~ –  bodhi.zazen May 23 '13 at 17:59
    
Further clarification: The contents are older than the main file. I checked before I ever posted this question. –  Shay Guy May 23 '13 at 18:06
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I do not think there is any way to recover then. –  bodhi.zazen May 23 '13 at 18:06

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