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How to kill - softly? [duplicate]

If I want to kill a process as careful and politely as possible, which signals should I use in a kill command, in which order? I would like to give the programm any kind of time to clean up, if it ...
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What is a non-agressive way of killing a process? [duplicate]

I want to close a program through the command line (say Firefox or Thunderbird). The program is working just fine and in theory I could just go FILE > CLOSE. However, I want to do this through the ...
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kill command SIGKILL vs SIGTERM [duplicate]

there was a nice write up somewhere on here about... not using kill-9 all the time which is SIGKILL and explained the reasons for doing so, and then went on to explain an order in which one should ...
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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 do you kick a benign user off your system?

I was googling this a bit ago and noticed a couple of ways, but I'm guessing that google doesn't know all. So how do you kick users off your Linux box? also how do you go about seeing they are logged ...
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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 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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Installing crontab using bash script

I have created a script to install two scripts on to the crontab. #!/bin/bash sudo crontab -l > mycron #echo new cron into cron file echo "*/05 * * * * bash /mnt/md0/capture/delete_old_pcap....
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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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How to get the pid of a process and invoke kill -9 on it in the shell script? [duplicate]

I have an application server which we start by running this below command and as soon as we run the below commnad, it will start my application server /opt/data/bin/test_start_stop.sh start And to ...
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Why is 'kill -9' killing browser as well as server?

I sometimes have to use kill -9 as a last resort to kill my rails server. Unfortunately, I have to do that often enough that I wrote a helper function in my bash_profile to do it. If I do it manually ...
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How to stop the executing process in Linux

I have a script file pingIP.sh which just pings the given IP address, ping -c 70 74.125.228.71 The problem is when I try to stop the executed script in the middle its not stopping it properly. ...
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How to safely kill processes so that output redirection is not aborted?

I'm writing some automation scripts, in which I need to kill some processes. Previously I would usually use kill -9 pid to kill processes but once upon a time, I notice that when I used kill -9 to ...
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How to kill a process that's not attached to any terminal

I'm on an OpenVZ VPS and I created a background process as a non-root user then disowned it i.e. user@server:~$node server.js & user@server:~$disown I SSH'ed out of the VPS and now I'm back in ...
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kill all process of executables in a folder

I need to kill all the child process. The main process in lmbench pkill -9 lmbench is not killing it, but kill -9 <pid> kills the parent process, but even after killing the parent ...

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