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Get a process's pid by supplying its name

Terminal - Get a process's pid by supplying its name
pidof () { ps acx | egrep -i [email protected] | awk '{print $1}'; }
2009-02-06 15:33:46
User: pmbuko
Functions: awk egrep pidof ps
Get a process's pid by supplying its name


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Note that there is also a `pidof` command which should be anywhere `killall` is installed.

Also, the command is nicer if you specify which fields ps should show;

pidof () { ps haxo comm,pid | awk '$1 ~ /firefox/ { print $2 }'
Comment by porges 475 weeks and 3 days ago

Oops, hit submit by accident. That should be:

pidof () { ps haxo comm,pid | awk "\$1 ~ /[email protected]/ { print \$2 }" ; }
Comment by porges 475 weeks and 3 days ago

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