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  • Well this can come handy , when you don't feel like playing with pid rather if you know the process name say "firefox",it would kill it.The script given below would kill the process with its name given as first parameter , though not robust enough to notify that process doesn't exist , well if you know what you are doing that's wouldn't be a problem.:) ---- ---- #!/bin/bash ps -u $USER |grep $1 | awk '{ print $1}'| xargs kill ----

    ps -u $USER |grep $1 | awk '{ print $1}'| xargs kill
    buffer · 2009-07-20 10:06:32 8
  • The -p parameter tell the netstat to display the PID and name of the program to which each socket belongs or in digestible terms list the program using the net.Hope you know what pipe symbol means! Presently we wish to only moniter tcp connections so we ask grep to scan for string tcp, now from the op of grep tcp we further scan for regular expression /[a-z]*. Wonder what that means ? If we look at the op of netstat -p we can see that the name of the application is preceded by a / ( try netstat -p ) so,now i assume application name contains only characters a to z (usually this is the case) hope now it makes some sense.Regular expression /[a-z]* means to scan a string that start with a / and contains zero or more characters from the range a-z !!. Foof .. is t Show Sample Output

    while true; do netstat -p |grep "tcp"|grep --color=always "/[a-z]*";sleep 1;done
    buffer · 2009-07-16 04:52:49 4

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