Kill a process by application

kill -9 `pgrep $PROCESS_NAME`
The pgrep retrieves the PID, then the KILL receive it, and kill it... It works also if the application has more than one instance....
Sample Output
kill -9 `pgrep firefox`

kill -9 `pgrep gedit`

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By: juanse006
2010-06-18 20:43:24

What Others Think

voted down for the use of backticks. behold, the way of the Jedi: kill -9 P(pgrep $PROCESS_NAME)
atoponce · 435 weeks ago
er, heh kill -r $(pgrep $PROCESS_NAME) a Jedi, i am not. nooooo.
atoponce · 435 weeks ago
and i give up. if only you could edit comments
atoponce · 435 weeks ago
atoponce: I don't think that's a good reason to vote this command down. By using backticks in the example, it also applies shells which do not support the newer style syntax. This isn't a bash or zsh only website. When available... sure, $() is a good habit... it makes complex substitutions much easier. But in this instance, there is no benefit to using one over the other.
recursiverse · 434 weeks and 6 days ago
How about this. The same package that installs pgrep on most (all) distributions also installs pkill. pkill -x $PROCESS_NAME pkill -9 -x $PROCESS_NAME
SuperJediWombat · 434 weeks and 2 days ago
Note: Don't worry atoponce, I've got your back.
SuperJediWombat · 434 weeks and 2 days ago

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