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kill all instances of an annoying or endless, thread-spawning process

Terminal - kill all instances of an annoying or endless, thread-spawning process
ps auxwww | grep outofcontrolprocess | awk '{print $2}' | xargs kill -9
2010-06-30 15:52:52
Functions: awk grep kill ps xargs
kill all instances of an annoying or endless, thread-spawning process


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
ps auxwww | grep outofcontrolprocess | awk '{print $9}' | xargs kill -9

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Can't you use

killall outofcontrolprocess


Comment by imgx64 403 weeks and 1 day ago


killall -9 outofcontrolprocess
Comment by hfs 403 weeks and 1 day ago

You could do those killall options, but you would have to have the path to the running file. This way it grabs the full path

Comment by Guyverix 402 weeks and 1 day ago

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