I have about 100 server processes running in background. Whenever I kill them, I get 100 messages (one for each server) that the corresponding pid was killed.

For example:

./kill_script.sh: line 196: 1996 Killed         myserver 1
./kill_script.sh: line 196: 1997 Killed         myserver 2

# and so on till myserver 100

I do not want these messages to get printed. In fact, until a few hours ago, these were not getting printed. I have no clue why are these getting printed now.

Edit: If that matters, I use KILL -9 to kill these processes. But so was I doing earlier.

1 Answer 1


It does this (really) because the shell's developers decided it would be helpful. You can make it quiet(er):

The relevant code in bash looks like this:

              else if (IS_FOREGROUND (job))
#if !defined (DONT_REPORT_SIGPIPE)
                  if (termsig && WIFSIGNALED (s) && termsig != SIGINT)
                  if (termsig && WIFSIGNALED (s) && termsig != SIGINT && termsig != SIGPIPE)
                      fprintf (stderr, "%s", j_strsignal (termsig));

                      if (WIFCORED (s))
                        fprintf (stderr, _(" (core dumped)"));

                      fprintf (stderr, "\n");

which (the IS_FOREGROUND) suggests that you're seeing the message when you don't put your script in the background.

  • But how come I was not facing this issue until a few hours ago. I have not changed a single line in my script. Aug 8, 2016 at 23:25
  • Not seeing your script: you may have a trap instruction which sometimes catches the signal, sometimes not depending on what your servers are doing. Aug 8, 2016 at 23:28
  • @SonuMishra This message is only printed with SIGKILL (kill -9), and it can not be trapped.
    – jordanm
    Aug 8, 2016 at 23:30
  • The bash source says it's printed if the jobs are running in the foreground. In a quick read, I don't see it if the jobs were backgrounded. Aug 8, 2016 at 23:32
  • Exactly, my jobs are running in background Aug 8, 2016 at 23:35

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