HOWTO restart Cinnamon

Linux Cinnamon is a popular desktop environment used by many Linux users. While it is generally stable and reliable, like any software, it can sometimes fail or crash. When this happens, it can be frustrating for users who rely on Cinnamon to get their work done. In this blog post, we will explain why Cinnamon might fail and how to restart it when it does.

Why does Cinnamon fail?

There are several reasons why Cinnamon might fail or crash. Some common causes include:

  1. System updates: Sometimes, updates to the Linux system or other software can cause compatibility issues that result in Cinnamon failing.
  2. Hardware issues: If there is a problem with your computer’s hardware, such as a failing hard drive or faulty RAM, it can cause Cinnamon to crash.
  3. User error: Occasionally, a user may accidentally make changes to their system or Cinnamon configuration that cause it to fail.
  4. Bugs in Cinnamon: While Cinnamon is generally a stable and reliable desktop environment, it is not immune to bugs or other issues that can cause it to fail.

How to restart Cinnamon

If Cinnamon fails, the first step to take is to try restarting it. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + F2 on your keyboard. This will take you to a command line interface.
  2. Enter your username and password to log in.
  3. Type the following command to stop the Cinnamon process: pkill -HUP cinnamon
  4. Wait a few seconds, then type the following command to start Cinnamon again: cinnamon --replace &
  5. Press Ctrl + Alt + F7 on your keyboard to return to the Cinnamon desktop environment.

If Cinnamon does not restart using these steps, you may need to try restarting your computer or troubleshooting other potential issues.

In conclusion, while Linux Cinnamon is generally a stable and reliable desktop environment, it can fail or crash for various reasons. When this happens, it can be frustrating, but restarting Cinnamon can often resolve the issue. If you are unable to restart Cinnamon using the steps outlined in this post, you may need to seek additional support or troubleshooting resources.

Bonus track!

There is indeed a more straightforward way to restart Cinnamon. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Press Alt + F2 on your keyboard. This will open the “Run Command” dialog.
  2. Type the letter “r” into the text field and press Enter. This will restart the Cinnamon process.
  3. Wait a few seconds for Cinnamon to restart. If everything has gone smoothly, you should be able to continue using Cinnamon as normal.

Using Alt + F2 and typing “r” to restart Cinnamon is a quick and easy way to get your desktop environment back up and running if it has failed or crashed. This method does not require logging in to the command line interface or typing any commands, making it more accessible for users who may not be familiar with the command line.


Published by

Iván Mosquera Paulo

Software Engineer

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