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Better way to kill all processes with a handle to some file

This kills every process with a handle to file /foo/bar (in bash): lsof /foo/bar 2>&1 | grep "/foo/bar" | sed "s/ */\\t/g" | cut -f 2 | while read PID; do kill $PID; done This does not ...
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How does Linux “kill” a process?

It often baffles me that although I have been working professionally with computers for several decades, and Linux for a decade, I actually treat most of the OS' functionality as a black box, not ...
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Using `kill -s 0 $pid` vs `[[ -e /proc/$pid ]]` to detect if PID is running

One of the idioms often used to check if process is running is to use kill -s 0 $pid. My question is, does it have any upsides over using [[ -e /proc/$pid ]] construct? The script I'm writing is ...
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What's the difference between pkill and killall?

I know that pkill has more filtering rules than killall. My question is, what is the difference between: pkill [signal] name and killall [signal] name I've read that killall is more effective ...
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What is the difference between exiting a process via Ctrl+C vs issuing a kill -9 command?

I know I can kill any process with kill -9 command . But sometimes i see that even if I have terminated a program with CTRL+C , the process doesn't get killed . So I want to know the difference ...
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kill -9 hangs, unable to kill process (murder proof process) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What if ‘kill -9’ does not work? I guess its a bit late to ask this, but for future reference; I was called to look at a server today after a customer was reporting ...
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`[java] <defunct>` with defunct children -> Any way to collect them?

Relating to question : What if 'kill -9' doesn't work? I have following situation : zombie process with threads, not collected by init : [root@Arch64]# ps auxH | grep java gwpl 569 ...
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Cross-platform (Linux, BSD, Solaris) way to check if pid exists

I am looking for a reliable cross-platform way to check if a process with a specific pid is running. Two possible solutions came up: kill -0 $PID — exit status is 0 if it the process exists and 1 ...
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Does a process invoking oom-killer kill itself?

Looking through syslog, I see lines like dd invoked oom-killer. Does this mean dd is being killed by the oom-killer or does it mean dd asked oom-killer to go kill another high memory process?
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How can I kill a <defunct> process whose parent is init?

Transmission is intermittently hanging on my NAS. If I send SIGTERM, it doesn't disappear from the process list and a <defunct> label appears next to it. If I send a SIGKILL, it still doesn't ...
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When should I not kill -9 a process?

I am always very hesitant to run kill -9, but I see other admins do it almost routinely. I figure there is probably a sensible middle ground, so: When and why should kill -9 be used? When and why ...
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'kill java' doesn't kill java

I am running debian right now and sometimes I need to kill java manually from the terminal, but when I try kill #pid# or pkill java nothing happens. No console output (ok, that's normal) and java is ...