Kill a process with its name

ps -u $USER |grep $1 | awk '{ print $1}'| xargs kill
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 ----

By: buffer
2009-07-20 10:06:32

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ever heard of pkill/pgrep?
unixmonkey4704 · 675 weeks and 4 days ago
unixmonkey4704, that is exact reason why i have come hear, commandlinuefu networking, seriously i had no idea about pkill/pgrep.Thanking you for that. Cheers :)
buffer · 675 weeks and 4 days ago
killall firefox should do the trick also :)
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