KILL

Section: Linux User's Manual (1)
Updated: November 21, 1999
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NAME

kill - report process status

 

SYNOPSIS

kill pid ...Send SIGTERM to every process listed.
kill signal pid ...Send a signal to every process listed.
kill -s signal pid ...Send a signal to every process listed.
kill -lList all signal names.
kill -l signalConvert a signal number into a name.

 

DESCRIPTION

The default signal for kill is TERM. Use -l or -L to list available signals. Particularly useful signals include HUP, INT, KILL, STOP, CONT, and 0. Alternate signals may be specified in three ways: -9 -SIGKILL -KILL.

 

SIGNALS

The signals listed below may be available for use with kill. When known constant, numbers and default behavior are shown.

NameNumActionDescription
ALRM14exit
HUP1exit
INT2exit
KILL9exitthis signal may not be blocked
PIPE13exit
POLLexit
PROFexit
TERM15exit
USR1exit
USR2exit
VTALRMexit
STKFLTexitmay not be implemented
PWRignoremay exit on some systems
WINCHignore
CHLDignore
URGignore
TSTPstopmay interact with the shell
TTINstopmay interact with the shell
TTOUstopmay interact with the shell
STOPstopthis signal may not be blocked
CONTrestartcontinue if stopped, otherwise ignore
ABRT6core
FPE8core
ILL4core
QUIT3core
SEGV11core
TRAP5core
SYScoremay not be implemented
EMTcoremay not be implemented
BUScorecore dump may fail
XCPUcorecore dump may fail
XFSZcorecore dump may fail

 

NOTES

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.

 

EXAMPLES

kill -9 -1
kill -l 11
kill 123 543 2341 3453

 

SEE ALSO

top(1) skill(1) kill(2) renice(1) nice(1)

 

STANDARDS

This command meets appropriate standards. The -L flag is Linux-specific.

 

AUTHOR

Albert Cahalan <acahalan@cs.uml.edu> wrote kill in 1999 to replace the version that was not standards compliant. Michael K. Johnson <johnsonm@redhat.com> is the current maintainer of the procps collection.

Please send bug reports to <acahalan@cs.uml.edu>


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
SIGNALS
NOTES
EXAMPLES
SEE ALSO
STANDARDS
AUTHOR

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