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I'm writing a script that tries to kill a process. But the process might already been killed by others. How can I guard against it and prevent this kill command from terminating my process with throwing an error? I have PID of the process

  • How are you selecting the process you want to kill? – Joseph R. Jun 10 '14 at 17:55
  • @JosephR. I have it in a variable inside my bash function – Mohsen Jun 10 '14 at 17:56
  • I meant are you killing the process by name or by PID? – Joseph R. Jun 10 '14 at 17:56
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    If the PID does not exist because the process has already completed, the kill command will be completely harmless. Why do you even need to check this? – jw013 Jun 10 '14 at 18:22
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    @JosephR. The right solution to that (completely different problem) is something along the lines of kill pid || true. When all you have is a PID, it is impossible to avoid race conditions if the state of the PID changes between when you check it and when you try to do something with it. – jw013 Jun 10 '14 at 18:26
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Look into using pkill instead of kill. It will return 1 if no process matched. Test exit status of pkill to determine if it actually killed anything

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