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We use the Apple "Pro Keyboard", which is a USB keyboard with model number M7803, and iTerm2 build 1.0.0 with "ipmitool sol activate" running.

Our goal is to sent the Control+Alt+Delete key combination to the remote host.

We tried this by: iTerm > Preferences > Keys > [+]:

  • Keyboard Shortcut: ⌃⌥Del→
  • Action: [ Send Hex Code ]
  • Hex code: 1d 38 53 b8 9d

This configuration does not sent the Ctrl+Alt+Del key combination to the remote host, Debian 6.0.6 running kernel 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP, at least the machine does not reboot as it would do when pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del on a local attached keyboard.

How to issue a reboot command on the remote machine using Ctrl+Alt+Del key combination via iTerm?

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Usually you can do this just on the local console and not remotely. Which system do you have on the other side? – Matteo Feb 7 '13 at 16:16
Debian 6.0.6 running kernel 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP – Pro Backup Feb 7 '13 at 16:18
Any reason why you are not just typing "reboot"? In any case take a look at – Matteo Feb 7 '13 at 16:24
@Matteo We don't type reboot because there is no prompt in the GRUB2 version 1.99 menu. – Pro Backup Feb 7 '13 at 20:27
Do you mean that you want to connect to the host before the system is loaded and the Grub menu is present? How do you connect to the remote host? – Matteo Feb 7 '13 at 22:40

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