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Process management and pkill

I've been studying process management using shell scripts and I'm starting to realise how difficult it is to make sure that it's done right. For example, you can record the PID of a program to a ...
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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 ...