Auto-kill auto-spawned process

while [ ! -z $(ps -A | grep -m1 kdiff3 | awk '{print $1}') ]; do kill -9 $(ps -A | grep -m1 kdiff3 | awk '{print $1}'); sleep 1; done
Given a process name (kdiff3 in this example) that keeps auto-spawning/starting, auto-kill until it stops, assuming there is an upper limit (if not, reboot). This was beneficial after I clicked the DIFF button in a git GUI on a merge commit. 2000+ files were being opened one after the other in my diff program (kdiff3). Each time I closed one (or quit Kdiff3), the next file would be auto-opened in Kdiff3.

2016-06-07 21:56:44

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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