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Kill a process by its partial name

Terminal - Kill a process by its partial name
killall -r 'a regular expression'
2011-03-07 07:29:42
User: dexterhu
Functions: killall
0
Kill a process by its partial name

This is usefull when we don't know the exact name of the process, but the application name

A limitation is that the regular expression only tries to match the last part of the full command (i.e. the bin file name itself).

But this is way shorter than the following one:

ps axww | grep SomeCommand | awk '{ print $1 }' | xargs kill

Alternatives

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Terminal - Alternatives
pkill name
2011-03-11 07:00:41
User: Natureshadow
1

pkill is a standard command and kills processes Byte part of their name.

killall -r 'Activ'
2011-10-22 03:22:48
User: sarnobat
Functions: killall
1

This kills Activity Monitor

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Hmm, killall is a supplementary tool. pkill does the same, is a standard command and even matches any part of the name.

Comment by Natureshadow 189 weeks ago

Thanks.

On BSD (Mac), it's:

killall -r 'Activ
Comment by sarnobat 156 weeks and 6 days ago

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