There is a bit of a trick to using the Magic SysRq key sequence. The trick is to hold the Alt key during the entire process. Press Alt first; hold it; press the SysRq button; then press whatever key you want. Finally, you can release the Alt key.
Output will not go to an X terminal. It will be printed on the console. Press Ctrl-Alt-F1 to switch view to the console.
Some manufacturers, such as Lenovo, have removed the SysRq print from the PrtScn key. This key still works as a SysRq.
One some keyboards (especially Microsoft), you may find a key called F Lock. This is a stupid key. It's almost like they added a new CapsLock key except that there is no indicator to show that it is turned on. Often you need to press this once before you start. If you switch to a text console you may find that you cannot switch back to the X Window platform. Press F Lock once again to restore the function of the function keys.
The output of SysRq is logged to the console. If you have debugging set very low then you might not see anything. You can run `dmesg` to see the output or you can increase log visibility by using a SysRq command. Press the following keys to set log visibility to a high level
Alt SysRq 9
Send SysRq without keyboard
You can bypass the keyboard magic keys simply be writing the command code that want to execute to the following file:
echo h > /proc/sysrq-trigger
Enable / Disable SysRq
Enable, write a 1. To disable, write 0:
echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq
Note: Sometimes called SysReq and Sys Request.
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