KILL(1) General Commands Manual KILL(1)
kill - terminate a process with extreme prejudice
kill [ -signo ] processid ...
Kill sends signal 15 (terminate) to the specified processes. If a sig-
nal number preceded by `-' is given as first argument, that signal is
sent instead of terminate (see signal(2)). This will kill processes
that do not catch the signal; in particular `kill -9 ...' is a sure
By convention, if process number 0 is specified, all members in the
process group (i.e. processes resulting from the current login) are
The killed processes must belong to the current user unless he is the
super-user. To shut the system down and bring it up single user the
super-user may use `kill -1 1'; see init(8).
The process number of an asynchronous process started with `&' is
reported by the shell. Process numbers can also be found by using
ps(1), kill(2), signal(2)