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w/o pgrep/pkill

Terminal - w/o pgrep/pkill
_p(){ ps ax |grep $1 |sed '/grep.'"$1"'/d' |while read a;do printf ${a%% *}' ';printf "${a#* }" >&2;printf '\n';done;}
2012-04-01 19:46:19
User: argv
Functions: grep printf ps read sed
w/o pgrep/pkill

proc lister

usage: p

proc killer

usage: p patt [signal]

uses only ps, grep, sed, printf and kill

no need for pgrep/pkill (not part of early UNIX)


ps ax \

|grep $1 \

|sed '

/grep.'"$1"'/d' \

|while read a;do

printf ${a%% *}' ';

printf "${a#* }" >&2;

printf '\n';




case $# in


ps ax |grep .|less -iE;



_p $1;



_p $1 2>/dev/null \

|sed '/'"$2"'/!d;

s,.*,kill -'"${3-15}"' &,'|sh -v




alas, can't get this under 255 chars.



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After a bit of analysis (it wasn't a very good film I was watching), it occurs to me that you want three things:


ps | grep

ps | grep | kill

I've tidied up the source and put it on pastebin:

(it's pretty crap that a code site like this can't handle code properly)


Line 3: The old "grep -v grep"

The usual way around that is it use a regex.

This will match name, but not grep.

grep [n]ame

To avoid messing around with strings, I opted for

grep [^]]name

Lines 4,5,6: Very interesting, but that's a lot of characters in printf!

I thought about using sed to split up the ps output, then you don't need the while loop.

Line 14: What's that grep for? The only thing it /could/ do is filter out blank lines.

The ps output doesn't have any blanks, so I left out grep.

Line 14: less -iE. If you like those options, then you're better off setting the environment variable LESS

export LESS=-ie

Line 14,15 and 17,18 and 20,21. You don't need a ; at the end of the case options if you've got a ;; (saves a few characters).

Line 19: You accept 2 or 3 parameters, but it gets very confusing.

Line 20: ${3-15} I think you actually meant ${3:-15} i.e. use parameter 3 if it exists, otherwise default to the number 15 (SIGTERM).

Line 20: 2>/dev/null Because the _p() function isn't well thought out, this looks a bit ugly.

Line 20: sed. This is very strange. You seem to be performing a search on the process ids. If you only use 2 parameters, this doesn't do what you expect and in order to use 3 parameters you *must* give a search string. I dropped this from my version -- sorry, you need to decide what you want.

Finally, there's still whitespace that could be removed to save a few characters.

Also, everything can be put on one line, even the functions:

p() { }; q() { }

Also if you were desperate, you could rename _p to q which would save 3 chars!

My version works as yours does:

p pattern [signal]

It takes up 146 characters.

_x(){ ps ax;};_y(){ _x|grep [^]]$1;};_z(){ _y $1|sed 's/ .*//';};p(){ case $# in 0)_x|less;;1)_y $1;;2)X=$(_z $1);[ -n "$X" ]&&kill -$2 $X;;esac;}

I've put it on pastebin, in its expanded form.


Comment by flatcap 213 weeks and 2 days ago

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