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kills rapidly spawning processes that spawn faster than you can repeat the killall command

Terminal - kills rapidly spawning processes that spawn faster than you can repeat the killall command
killall rapidly_spawning_process ; killall rapidly_spawning_process ; killall rapidly_spawning_process
2010-05-20 00:26:10
Functions: killall
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kills rapidly spawning processes that spawn faster than you can repeat the killall command

Use this if you can't type repeated killall commands fast enough to kill rapidly spawning processes.

If a process keeps spawning copies of itself too rapidly, it can do so faster than a single killall can catch them and kill them. Retyping the command at the prompt can be too slow too, even with command history retrieval.

Chaining a few killalls on single command line can start up the next killall more quickly. The first killall will get most of the processes, except for some that were starting up in the meanwhile, the second will get most of the rest, and the third mops up.

Alternatives

There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
alias a=" killall rapidly_spawning_process"; a; a; a;
2010-05-20 02:33:28
User: raj77_in
Functions: alias
Tags: Linux unix kill
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if you dont want to alias also then you can do

killall rapidly_spawning_process ; !! ; !! ; !!

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What others think

I like this. (not sure if I consider making it an alias to really be an alternative)

Comment by recursiverse 267 weeks and 1 day ago

if it makes the typing faster, i like it.

Comment by unixmonkey7434 267 weeks ago

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