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kill process by name

Terminal - kill process by name
kill -9 `pgrep firefox`
2010-05-02 23:05:25
User: dustindorroh
Functions: kill
-11
kill process by name
pgrep firefox

- this returns the Process ID for the signal firefox

kill -9 pid

- this kills the signal that had the given pid

cmd1 `cmd1` or cmd1 $(cmd1)

- here is the syntax for cmd2 to be executed first. Then the call to cmd2 is substituted with the output of cmd2, and cmd1 is executed.

Alternatives

There are 4 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
pkill -x firefox
2010-05-02 02:17:21
14

Or even easier, if it's available:

killall firefox

I have no idea why you would want to rely on two unusual dependencies to do something that can be done a hundred ways from coreutils...

rush> processes.filter(:cmdline => /mc/).kill
2010-05-01 20:51:18
User: chenge
-9

It's easy to understand and remember. Need ruby and rush to do this.

killall -9 <processname>
2011-12-09 02:53:46
User: symgryph
Functions: killall
-9

Kills process by name

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What others think

pkill is generally included in the same package that contains pgrep: procps. If you have pgrep, chances are you have pkill so you can just use:

pkill -9 firefox
Comment by eightmillion 270 weeks ago

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