kill - terminate a process
kill [ -s signal | -p ] [ -a ] [ -- ] pid ... kill -l [ signal ]
The command kill sends the specified signal to the specified process or process group. If no signal is specified, the TERM signal is sent. The TERM signal will kill processes which do not catch this signal. For other processes, it may be necessary to use the KILL (9) signal, since this signal cannot be caught.
Most modern shells have a builtin kill function, with a usage rather similar to that of the command described here. The ‘-a’ and ‘-p’ options, and the possibility to specify pids by command name is a local extension.
pid... Specify the list of processes that kill should signal. Each pid can be one of five things:
All processes invoked using that name will be signaled.
bash(1) , tcsh(1) , kill(2) , sigvec(2) , signal(7)
Taken from BSD 4.4. The ability to translate process names to process ids was added by Salvatore Valente <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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