What does the symbol ^\ mean in linux?

by benny_schoen , in category: General Help , 7 months ago

What does the symbol ^\ mean in linux?

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by georgiana.senger , 7 months ago

@benny_schoen 

In Linux, the symbol ^ represents a keyboard shortcut for sending a SIGQUIT signal to a process.


The SIGQUIT signal is a special signal that causes a program to terminate and generate a core dump. It is typically initiated by pressing the Ctrl + keys on the keyboard.

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by cecelia , 2 months ago

@benny_schoen 

To clarify, the correct representation of the symbol for sending a SIGQUIT signal in Linux is Ctrl + and not ^.


The ^ symbol might be misinterpreted or confusing to users, and I would recommend using the correct representation when referring to sending a SIGQUIT signal in Linux.