kill - Send a specified signal to a process or process group.

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Kill nohup command on cluster

Last night I launched a command via nohup on a cluster and then closed the connection. Today I would like to kill this job (I know it's still running because output is being generated in an output ...
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Terminate every background process

I have a few Stopped background processes. kill $(jobs -p) and kill `jobs -p` have no effect kill %1, kill %2, etc. successfully terminate individual processes How can I kill every background ...
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Kill all descendant processes [duplicate]

I'm writing an application. It has the ability to spawn various external processes. When the application closes, I want any processes it has spawned to be killed. Sounds easy enough, right? Look up ...
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Output of one command is piped to another one; how to close both?

I call Qt Assistant like suggested on stackoverflow: nc -lkU ~/.assistantfifo | assistant -enableRemoteControl & Qt Assistant window is opened, and if I call jobs, it returns: [1] + running ...
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Kill Command in linux using bash script [migrated]

I have a bash script abcd.sh,in which I want to kill this command(/usr/local/bin/wrun 'uptime;ps -elf|grep httpd|wc -l;free -m;mpstat') after 5 sec but in this script it kill sleep command after 5 ...
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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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Cannot kill teamviewer process

My main desktop has Mint 14 and I approached it via SSH from another computer, because I didn't have a screen on the Mint one. Then I tried to start teamviewer just I order to launch its desktop ...
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Bash script to signal a concurrently running instance (same script) about a condition and increment counter

Background Here's what I want to achieve. I have a (potentially) long-running process. Now I have locking in place just fine and all is generally in order. However, since this is a scheduled job, ...
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Can a script be running even after it's been killed?

I know it sounds so stupid and I know it IS stupid but I ran a unix script to send me and my friend emails every few seconds to test mailx. Stupid thing is I used $ while true; do blah blah blah... ...
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Why does kill not have a parameter for file and not for port number?

If I want to stop a program given its tcp port number or its file or named executable, can I run something like kill -tcpPortNumber $1 where the parameter $1 is a tcp port number or kill -filename $1 ...
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kill a group of processes with negative PID

kill -TERM -PID is supposed to kill PID and all its child processes. but this doesn't work on openSUSE, it always tell me that no such process -PID no matter what PID i use. So if the negative PID ...
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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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Is uninterruptible sleep the only case?

French wikipedia say: Un processus en sommeil ininterruptible ne peut s'arrêter (ni libérer ses ressources) même lorsque SIGKILL apparaît. Il s'agit d'un des rares cas dans lequel un système ...
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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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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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How can I kill and wait for background processes to finish in a shell script when I Ctrl+C it?

I'm trying to set up a shell script so that it runs background processes, and when I Ctrlc the shell script, it kills the children, then exits. The best that I've managed to come up with is this. It ...
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Processes do not respond to my signals

I have a strange behavior on my system. When I invoke a command in the shell (bash version 4.2.45(1)-release), say top or cat, the running program (the process) does not respond to Ctrl+C. I even ...
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Does pressing ctrl-c several times make the running program close more quickly?

I often start to read a huge file and then want to quit after a while, but there is a lag from pressing Ctrl+C to the program stops. Is there a chance of shortening the lag by pressing the Ctrl+C key ...
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How (if possible) can I terminate a specific blocker hanging a program?

I have a number of files open in my editor (geany). I managed to hang it doing a sort on a large list that I should have saved and just sent through a pipe to sort via command-line (I mapped one of ...
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How to soft kill gui applications via terminal?

Is there a way to close a GUI application in friendly "please quit yourself now" way, without graphical access to the applications window? For example, if Gnome/X display crashes to black, I'd like ...
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Kill user processess on logout

I have a Ubuntu server that handles remote X sessions from users. However, I don't want to allow users to run any kind of background processes - so here is my question: How do I prevent users from ...
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How does the piping in this command ultimately achieve to kill the process?

I have seen the following line in a bash script for killing a process(in this case started with the command loadgen): ps xww | grep -i "loadgen" | grep "PATTERNMATCH_FACT.xml" | cut -c1-5 | xargs -i ...
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What does this logrotate nginx config do?

In my /etc/logrotate.d/nginx I saw, /var/log/nginx/*.log { daily missingok rotate 52 compress delaycompress notifempty create 640 nginx adm ...
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Kill process spawned by ssh when ssh dies

This is a question that has been addressed several times, not only here, but also in other sites of the stack exchange network (e.g. ...
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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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How to kill a process which can't be killed without rebooting?

There are 5 processes which can't be killed by kill -9 $PID and executing cat /proc/$PID/cmdline will hang the current session. Maybe they're zombie processes. Executing ps -ef or htop will also hang ...
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Is there an upper limit to the number of zombie processes you can have?

I used to work with an HP-UX system and the old admin told me there is an upper limit on the number of zombie processes you can have on the system, I believe 1024. Is this a hard fact ceiling? I ...
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How to make `xargs` ignore child's exit and keep processing further

I sometimes run long xargs jobs overnight and it is really annoying to discover in the morning that xargs died somewhere in the middle, for example because of a segmentation fault in one single ...
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How can I create a hard to kill process

I want to create a program that will be difficult to stop (even for the administrator) once it is started (with root privileges). Once started the process should continue to start itself at startup ...
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How to stop a background process?

I have started a wget on remote machine in background using &. Suddenly it stops downloading. I want to stop its process, then start it again. How can I stop it? I haven't close its shell window. ...
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how to close the jobs one by one? is there any options?

There is list of jobs running. pdf is opened image is opened text file opened It's all in fg/bg . Is there any option to close the particular job forcefully? Also, I want to know if the jobs can ...
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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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"trap 'killall $$ ; rm -f $folder2;exit ' 18 20 24

What is wrong with this command? $ trap 'killall $$ ; rm -f $folder2;exit ' 18 20 24 That command is in a for loop, and while that for is executing, if I press CTRL-Z I want it to stop the process ...
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xargs inside a for loop

So we got most of it figured out but here's what happens. for i in $(arp |sort |awk '{print $1}'|grep IPADDRESS) do ssh USERNAME@$i "ps -ef |grep X11|grep -v grep |awk '{print $2}'|xargs kill" done ...
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pgrep and pkill alternatives on mac os x?

Are there alternatives to pgrep and pkill commands on Mac OS X or should I just create aliases for them using other commands available for me?
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Default exit code when process is terminated?

When a process is killed with a handle-able signal like SIGINT or SIGTERM but it does not handle the signal, what will be the exit code of the process? What about for unhandle-able signals like ...
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Kill a nohup mpi process

I have started a program in parallel using the command: nohup mpirun -7 mylongprogram.py & I now want to terminate the program. When I want to kill the process by the command: kill -9 ...
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Reason for the inability of root to send a fatal signal to PID 1/init [duplicate]

Why can't root send a fatal signal to PID 1/init process (sudo kill -9 1)? As stated here.
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How do I kill all screens?

I accidentally created over 1000 screens. How do I kill them all with one command? (Or a few)
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process id and killing process - ps commmand

Please see the output of below ps command: abc@smaug:~/Desktop$ ps ax | grep firefox 2213 ? Sl 2:01 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox 2644 pts/0 S+ 0:00 grep --color=auto firefox Please ...
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Script ends abruptly with a Terminated message

This is my bash script. All it does is to check whether a service has started and whether some processes are running as expected. It ends abruptly with a Terminated message. I tried debugging it ...
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What if 'kill -9' does not work?

I have a process I can't kill with kill -9 <pid>. What's the problem in such a case, especially since I am the owner of that process. I thought nothing could evade that kill option.
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How to create alias to kill processes running on a TCP/IP port? [duplicate]

What I have: alias killport='sudo kill -9 `sudo fuser -n tcp $1 2> /dev/null`' Problem: Running e.g. killport 8000 doesn't appear to work, though. However, simply running... sudo kill -9 `sudo ...
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Pass flags to xargs

I want to kill a bunch of processes using this command: sudo ps ax | grep node | awk '{print $1}' | xargs kill But it gives me operation not permitted even with sudo. Then I tried with kill -9 ...
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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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Does `kill -p` really work?

In the man page of kill it is written as following SYNOPSIS kill [ -s signal | -p ] [ -a ] [ -- ] pid ... kill -l [ signal ] -p Specify that kill should only print the process id ...
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cabal dies on NixOS in KVM

I set up a NixOS system on KVM and installed the haskelPlatform package. Everything works fine, ghci works fine, but cabal dies without any helpful error message: [michas@nix:~]$ type -a cabal cabal ...
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How can I automatically kill the process with the highest CPU load?

Sometimes programs will lock up in the background and cause high CPU usage. Is there any way I can programmatically ascertain which process is causing the highest CPU load at the moment and kill it?
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How to kill a process that says “Operation not permitted” when attempted?

I have a process I would like to kill: computer@ubuntu:~$ ps aux | grep socat root 2092 0.0 0.0 5564 1528 pts/1 T 14:37 0:00 sudo socat TCP:xxx.17.29.152:54321 ...
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Rotating logs generated from tcpdump with logrotate

On one production linux box, I am capturing SIP packets using the following configuration: logrotate.conf: # Opensips SIP traces /var/log/sip.log { rotate 31 daily missingok ...