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kill all running instances of wine and programs runned by it (exe)

Terminal - kill all running instances of wine and programs runned by it (exe)
wineserver -k; killall -9 wine wineserver; for i in `ps ax|egrep "*\.exe"|grep -v 'egrep'|awk '{print $1 }'`;do kill -9 $i;done
2011-12-30 01:38:15
User: godmachine81
Functions: awk egrep grep kill killall
kill all running instances of wine and programs runned by it (exe)

The other 2 commands that are listed will also kill the egrep process and any libexec processes because the .exe isn't escaped so it is really using . meaning anything containing exe. The command i posted escapes the (dot) in .exe and then filters the actual egrep process so that it doesn't get killed before the other processes being killed. Also added the -9 switch for kill to send sigterm to the processes, in case people are wondering why processes aren't getting killed after running just kill . This should work better for people :)


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Terminal - Alternatives
ps ax | egrep "*.exe|*exe]" | awk '{ print $1 }' | xargs kill
ps ax > processes && cat processes | egrep "*.exe |*exe]" | awk '{ print $1 }' > pstokill && kill $(cat pstokill) && rm processes && rm pstokill
2011-02-26 16:13:58
User: sxiii
Functions: awk cat egrep kill ps rm
Tags: kill wine exe

This command kills all wine instances and each EXE application working on a PC.

Here is command info:

1) ps ax > processes = save process list to file named "processes" (we save it because we don't wont egrep to be found in the future)

2) cat processes | egrep "*.exe |*exe]" = shows the file "processes" and after greps for each *.exe and *exe] in it

3) | awk '{ print $1 }' > pstokill = saves processes PID's to file "pstokill" using awk filter

4) kill $(cat pstokill) = kills each PID in file pstokill, which is shown by cat program

5) rm processes && rm pstokill = removes temporary files

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