Manual Reference Pages - KILL (1)
kill - send a signal to a process
kill [options] <pid> [...]
The default signal for kill is TERM. Use
-L to list available signals. Particularly useful signals include HUP,
INT, KILL, STOP, CONT, and 0. Alternate signals may be specified in
-9, -SIGKILL or
-KILL. Negative PID values may be used to choose whole process groups; see
the PGID column in ps command output. A PID of
-1 is special; it indicates all processes except the kill process itself
Send signal to every <pid> listed.
--signal <signal> Specify the
signal to be sent. The signal can be specified by using name or number.
The behavior of signals is explained in
-l, --list [ signal]
List signal names. This option has optional argument, which
will convert signal number to signal name, or other way round.
List signal names in a nice table.
Your shell (command line interpreter) may have a built-in kill
command. You may need to run the command described here as /bin/kill
to solve the conflict.
kill -9 -1
Kill all processes you can kill.
kill -l 11
Translate number 11 into a signal name.
List the available signal choices in a nice table.
kill 123 543 2341 3453
Send the default signal, SIGTERM, to all those processes.
This command meets appropriate standards. The
-L flag is Linux-specific.
wrote kill in 1999 to replace a bsdutils one that was not standards
compliant. The util-linux one might also work correctly.
Please send bug reports to
procps-ng KILL (1)
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