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Kill any process with one command using program name

Terminal - Kill any process with one command using program name
killall <name>
2010-09-30 16:31:10
User: houghi
Functions: killall
6
Kill any process with one command using program name

This will kill all. e.g. killall firefox

Alternatives

There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
kill -9 `ps ax | egrep [f]elix.jar | egrep -o -e '^ *[0-9]+'`
2010-09-30 16:45:47
User: yababay
Functions: egrep kill
Tags: kill
4

Somtime one wants to kill process not by name of executable, but by a parameter name. In such cases killall is not suitable method.

pkill <name>
ps -ef | grep [j]boss | awk '{print $2}'|xargs kill -9
2010-09-30 15:55:41
User: utoxin
Functions: awk grep kill ps xargs
Tags: kill
-6

Removed unneeded grep -v by making the initial grep unable to match itself.

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What others think

killall is good, you can also use killall -HUP which rehash a process.. But be carefull using killall on more exotic *nix variants, like tru64, on those, killall means the total opposite thank on Linux; it means "kill every process _except_ the ones you specify".. You have been warned! :)

Comment by xeor 322 weeks and 1 day ago

Alright to use `killall` on linux system.

But on unix systems, from what I have read, `killall`

really kills all the process !

Excercise caution if you are on a unix box.

Comment by b_t 321 weeks and 4 days ago

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