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Kill a process with its name

Terminal - Kill a process with its name
ps -u $USER |grep $1 | awk '{ print $1}'| xargs kill
2009-07-20 10:06:32
User: buffer
Functions: awk grep ps xargs
Kill a process with its name

Well this can come handy , when you don't feel like playing with pid rather if you know

the process name say "firefox",it would kill it.The script given below would kill the process with its name given as first parameter , though not robust enough to notify that process doesn't exist , well if you know what you are doing that's wouldn't be a problem.:)





ps -u $USER |grep $1 | awk '{ print $1}'| xargs kill



There are 9 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
tar -pczf archive_name.tar.gz /path/to/dir/or/file
2009-07-17 19:53:02
User: ryuslash
Functions: tar
Tags: bash tar gzip

Create a single tar.gz archive

I know it's a very basic one, but it's one I keep forgetting.

pkill $1
2009-07-20 12:47:41
User: svg

There's already a proper command for what the former alternative tried to script

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What others think

ever heard of pkill/pgrep?

Comment by unixmonkey4704 331 weeks and 6 days ago


that is exact reason why i have come hear, commandlinuefu networking, seriously i had

no idea about pkill/pgrep.Thanking you for


Cheers :)

Comment by buffer 331 weeks and 6 days ago

killall firefox should do the trick also :)

Comment by Paaskehare 331 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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