UNIX one-liner to kill a hanging Firefox process

kill -HUP ` ps -aef | grep -i firefox | sort -k 2 -r | sed 1d | awk ' { print $2 } ' `
The description of how the one-liner works is here at my blog: http://jugad2.blogspot.com/2008/09/unix-one-liner-to-kill-hanging-firefox.html
Sample Output
Imaging a Firefox window disappearing :-)
(It kills the hanging firefox process.)

2009-02-07 10:10:45

What Others Think

The comments on my blog post (about this command) give several other suggestions / improvements / alternatives. - Vasudev
vasudevram · 630 weeks ago
I've been using killall firefox-bin since Firefox 1.5ish, never had a problem. As one of the commenters on your blog wrote, starting with Ubuntu Hardy Heron, the command is simply: killall firefox I'm not sure how related this is to the distro or Firefox version, but apparently that's the case.
sudopeople · 623 weeks and 1 day ago

What do you think?

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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