Kill a process by its partial name

killall -r 'a regular expression'
This is usefull when we don't know the exact name of the process, but the application name A limitation is that the regular expression only tries to match the last part of the full command (i.e. the bin file name itself). But this is way shorter than the following one: ps axww | grep SomeCommand | awk '{ print $1 }' | xargs kill
Sample Output
killall -r 'chrom' will kill all chromium instances at once

By: dexterhu
2011-03-07 07:29:42

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What Others Think

Hmm, killall is a supplementary tool. pkill does the same, is a standard command and even matches any part of the name.
Natureshadow · 585 weeks and 1 day ago
Thanks. On BSD (Mac), it's: killall -r 'Activ
sarnobat · 553 weeks ago

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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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