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KILL(1)                     General Commands Manual                    KILL(1)



NAME
       kill - terminate a process with extreme prejudice

SYNOPSIS
       kill [ -signo ] processid ...

DESCRIPTION
       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
       kill.

       By  convention,  if  process  number 0 is specified, all members in the
       process group (i.e. processes resulting from  the  current  login)  are
       signaled.

       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).

SEE ALSO
       ps(1), kill(2), signal(2)



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