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

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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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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 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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Finding the ID of a process and killing it

When ever I need to kill a background process I do ps -e | grep <process_name> Which prints something like this 1766 ? 00:00:13 conky , Then I use the process ID to kill it like so kill 1766 . ...
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Is there a log of past threads that are now closed?

Sometimes, I have a rogue Java process which takes up 100% of my CPU and makes it jump about 30C in temperature (usually resulting in a crash if not killed). Problem is, I can never really identify ...
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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 close a terminal without killing its children (without running `screen` first)?

sometimes I run an app in the gnome-terminal, but then I suddenly have to restart gnome or something. I guess the answer to the question is also useful then I want to disconnect from SSH where ...
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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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Will Linux start killing my processes without asking me if memory gets short?

I was running a shell script with commands to run several memory-intensive programs (2-5 GB) back-to-back. When I went back to check on the progress of my script I was surprised to discover that some ...
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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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How to kill both process and subprocess?

I asked a question to know how to get multiple lines of message from Python's subprocess module. The problem is that in the course of testing, I had to kill the python process that runs gnuchess ...
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I don't know how to cancel job

I'm a beginner about Linux in Korea and English is too. I'm circulating some simulation by using the Linux cluster but I have some problem in my job. I want to cancel any job(ID : 750, 752, 753 name ...
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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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Where can I see a list of kernel killed processes?

Is there some way I can check which of my processes the kernel has killed? Sometimes I log onto my server and find that something that should've run all night just stopped 8 hours in and I'm unsure if ...
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When you try to terminate a process for good, which option for “kill” should you use?

I am getting a lot of mixed messages from people, and was wondering if it there really is not much of a difference in what you use. kill 'x' killall 'x' kill -9 'x' These are some options I've been ...
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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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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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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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Terminating a bash shell script running in the background

I often use bash shell scripts to run simple commands for many different files. For example, suppose that I have the following bash shell script, called script.sh, that runs the program/command foo ...
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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 ...
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My process was killed but I cannot understand the kernel notice

I have a custom application running on an embedded x86 setup (built using buildroot and uClibc). The application has been running fine but this morning when I returned to work I discovered my process ...
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Closing all Nautilus windows from terminal

How can I close all opened Nautilus (explorer) windows from the terminal?
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What did I just kill?

Is there any way to find out what I just killed? $ ps -A -o pid,cmd | grep someApp | grep -v grep 2802 python someApp.py $ sudo kill 2302 $ EDIT: To clarify, I need to know what PID 2302 was before ...
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pkill can't kill processes with parent process id 1

I want to kill the following processes using pkill "run_tcp_sender.sh" or pkill -SIGKILL "run_tcp_sender.sh" root 14320 1 0 2012 ? 00:00:00 bash run_tcp_sender.sh ...
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closing unused gnome terminals

while working I start lots of gnome-terminals and do something with them. dd on first terminal, 12 ssh sessions to a bunch of servers to do something. These sessions are finishing it's job and get ...
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How to kill a script which starts new processes?

The following is a Python application which spans a few threads, then spawns a new process of itself and exits: $ cat restart.py import os import random import signal import sys import threading ...