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

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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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kill processes in one line with kill, awk, ps, and grep

I have a few processes that spring up and I am able to print a line of the pgid's that I would like to enter into a kill command. here is what I have: sudo ps o pgid,args | grep mininet: | sudo awk ...
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Still alive, still alive after kill -9 / SIGKILL [duplicate]

An apache2 process got stuck on my server and caused problems with other services. (original problem: kerneloops after USB hardware disconnect) root@server:~# ps aux | grep apache2 | grep -v grep ...
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How do I exit or cancel a bad bash command?

I expect to get some flak for this, but I can't find the answer anywhere. It seems like it should be so obvious. Sometimes, when I type a bad command in a bash terminal, the cursor just jumps down to ...
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Kill many instances of a running process with one command

This is one of the questions that has troubled me often. Suppose I have thousand or more instances of any process(for e.g. say the process vi) running. How do I kill them all in one single shot/one ...
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Can I resume make after a Ctrl+C?

I am installing gcc version 5.1 on a supercomputer cluster. I configured it and am now running the make command. It has been several hours and is still running as it is a long install, but the work ...
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Linux: Kill process based on arguments

How can I kill a process based on its command line arguments? killall, pgrep, and pkill seem to only work based on the process name. I need this to be able to differentiate between a number of ...
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How to close all proceses without restarting a machine?

I have a lot of processes running and I need to kill them all. How can I do this without restarting a machine?
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Stopping jobs by PID?

Could someone tell me why I am unable to kill the jobs below when specifying their PID? I can stop the jobs when using their % id. Mac:~ gd$ ps PID TTY TIME CMD 4523 ttys000 0:00.02 ...
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Why teamviewer starts again after being killed

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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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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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. The stupid thing is I used $ while true; do blah blah ...
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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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Why won't this process die after SIGTERM

I have a process which appears to be hung. When I try and reboot the process, I get a timeout. service logstash_server stop timeout: run: logstash_server: (pid 11797) 839061s, want down, got TERM ...
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Bash | port killing loop fails

I am trying to create a bash function which should kill all processes using some ports specified in port_array. The kill-port function works if I call it myself with a port e.g. with kill-port "80";. ...
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How to kill a process with a single command?

I want to kill a process, after finding the id in a single step. I currently use these two commands: pidof <name> kill <#number_which_is_result_of_command> How can I write a single ...
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Is Ctrl+C on make check safe?

I am installing GNU Guile and I have ran ./configure ... as well as make. I am now running make check and it is taking a really really long time. If I use Ctrl+C to abort this make check, will it mess ...
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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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How to kill a bunch of jobs based on ps output?

Here is output from ps: $ ps aux | grep blob ubuntu 4286 0.0 0.1 34748 9592 ? S Jan14 0:00 /usr/bin/python /usr/local/bin/pynt start_blob_reader ubuntu 4287 0.0 0.1 34748 ...
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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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kill: SIGSTOP: invalid signal specification error in bash script

When I use kill on command line it works. kill -SIGSTOP 1234 But if I use in bash script file I get this error: kill: SIGSTOP: invalid signal specification sh file is #!/bin/sh kill -SIGSTOP ...
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Exit Google Chrome from terminal

Is there a way to cause google-chrome to quit, from the terminal, besides using killall google-chrome? I would like to be able to close it from a script without killing it.
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What could be happening between pidof and kill to cause “no such process”?

I've inherited quite a bit of code and am looking at a cron job that restarts a service once an hour, no other scripts touch this process and this code is ran. #The name of the process has been ...
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How to keep a process from running?

I can kill a process. But how do I keep that process from being called up again without removing it from Linux? For example, if I run something like netstat to find the port associated with the ...
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How to kill a runaway cat?

Many times I accidentally run the cat command on files that have contents up to few thousand lines. I try to kill the cat command with Ctrl+ C or Ctrl+Z, but both only take effect after the total ...
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killing a job running in the background

I have started running a long job by creating a script that executes several commands on 20 or so datasets sequentially. I began in the xterm window with $ script.scr then typed <ctrl-Z> ...
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Kill browser when lock screen

I am running xubuntu on a shared low-ressources computer. I would like to run a script that kills the browser (firefox and chromium) whenever the user locks the screen, so that other users can use the ...
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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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How can I kill a process and be sure the PID hasn't been reused

Suppose, for example, you have a shell script similar to: longrunningthing & p=$! echo Killing longrunningthing on PID $p in 24 hours sleep 86400 echo Time up! kill $p Should do the trick, ...
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Linux- Stop a process running as daemon

I've started uwsgi as a daemon, how can I kill that process? Everytime I kill its pid, and then does ps aux | grep "uwsgi", it again comesin the output. I've also tried pkill uwsgi, but no use. How ...
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Exporting a piped command without evaluating output?

I'm trying to set an export that would effectively kill a process based on the PID that pgrep feeds it. Running the command kill $(pgrep myAppName) appears to work (if 'myAppName' were the name of an ...
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writing a script using killproc

Okay, I have an assignment and I am very very new to Unix. Here is what I am trying to do: I wrote a script to kill a running process. I have to use the command killproc..I just dont know where to put ...
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Ctrl+C process termination without Terminal killing

I started using Sublime Text 3 to compile my FreeFem scripts (interpretator PDEs package solver) under Ubuntu 14.04. To invoke the interpretator I customized the build system as follows "shell_cmd": ...
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How do you stop a bash shell expansion?

I know some methods for stopping process. When I type: echo {1..999999} > filename.txt I can't stop it from running. I can stop other processes with Ctrl+C | Ctrl+D | Ctrl+\ and etc. But none ...
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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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A higher level of sudo killing a PID

When I ps aux | grep 'S' I see a few programs that I want to kill. According to man ps the state code for S is interruptible sleep (waiting for an event to complete). I've tried kill [Process ID ...
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Catch the kill signal when a process is in S state [interruptible sleep]

This is the process group : (ps -ejH) xxxx xxxx xxxx ? 00:00:00 sshd yyyy yyyy yyyy ? 00:00:00 sshd 8713 8713 8713 pts/0 00:00:00 bash 1234 1234 1234 ? ...
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shell script to auto kill processes matching certain criteria

when running top it shows a couple of processes got nearly 100% cpu usage of the command 'perl' PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND 21287 simon 15 0 4141 ...
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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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Why is the UNIX system call kill named 'kill'?

I'm curious about the history of the name, it seems to me that the 'kill' system call could have been named 'signal', and the 'signal' system call could have been named 'handle'. I was wondering ...
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sleep command not doing what it is supposed to do? [closed]

Im making a bash script where I have to wait for a few seconds (max 10) then run a few commands. This is because when a program is started, it also starts a few useless subprocesses which I don't ...
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Immortal SSH Session

I've got a little TurnKey Linux Debian Squeeze VM that I use for SFTP. I had a user login and transfer a file the other day and now I can't seem to kill the session. I'm still a little shaky in ...
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Stop all processes by a user: children of supervisord are still running

I'm trying to delete a user but it keeps saying that user is currently used by process ID x I tried everything here and here, nothing works, how do I kill all the process by a certain user in order ...
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Why does running `killall init` as user log me out?

On multiple computers running Ubuntu 14.XX, I ran the command "killall init" as user, and was immediately logged out. I could log back in again without a problem. Why is this? What's going on behind ...
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Killing bash causes it to respawn itself

I'm SSHed into my computer at home and I'm trying to format a drive. lsof /dev/sdb2 shows: COMMAND PID USER FD TYPE DEVICE SIZE/OFF NODE NAME bash 1366 mitch cwd DIR 8,18 24576 ...
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Ctrl-z doesn't work in vi launched from Gnome terminal

I'm trying to switch Vi launched from Fedora Gnome terminal to background and go back to bash with Ctrl-Z but it doesn't seem to do anything.
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kill parent and child because endless loop

I have a process run by cron every hour. Such process calls another one (not sourced), ie: ./childProc.sh (Not sure if this detail is important) Because of an endless loop in child process (which ...
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How to kill stubborn process

I've an annoying process that won't die: ps -A | grep "nzbget" gives me: 11394 pts/3 00:00:00 nzbget If I try: pkill nzbget (or 11394) ...I get no response and the process is still alive, ...
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pkill -P $ID working while kill — -$ID not

I was playing around with creating and killing process groups on linux ( ubuntu ) I am trying to kill a process group and am being driven crazy by the fact that pkill -P $ID works while kill -- -$ID ...
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Killing a shell script running in background

I have written a shell script to monitor a directory using the inotifywait utility of inotifyt-tools. I want that script to run continuously in the background, but I also want to be able to stop it ...