I tried to pause a long-running process using gnome's system monitor. Unfortunately, when I clicked the menu, the process list rearranged and I managed to pause gnome-shell itself -- resulting in my GUI being stuck.

Is there any way to resume gnome-shell from a virtual terminal?


  • Try pkill -CONT gnome-shell. – muru Nov 27 '15 at 9:13
  • @harfel If this worked for you please accept muru's answer with the check mark on the left to say thanks and let others easily find the information. – Mark Kirby Nov 27 '15 at 10:19
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Assuming System Monitor sends the SIGSTOP signal to the gnome-shell process to pause it, you can tell it to resume by sending the SIGCONT signal:

pkill -CONT gnome-shell

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