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KILL(1)			FreeBSD	General	Commands Manual		       KILL(1)

NAME
     kill -- terminate or signal a process

SYNOPSIS
     kill [-s signal_name] pid ...
     kill -l [exit_status]
     kill -signal_name pid ...
     kill -signal_number pid ...

DESCRIPTION
     The kill utility sends a signal to	the processes specified	by the pid op-
     erand(s).

     Only the super-user may send signals to other users' processes.

     The options are as	follows:

     -s	signal_name
	     A symbolic	signal name specifying the signal to be	sent instead
	     of	the default TERM.

     -l	[exit_status]
	     If	no operand is given, list the signal names; otherwise, write
	     the signal	name corresponding to exit_status.

     -signal_name
	     A symbolic	signal name specifying the signal to be	sent instead
	     of	the default TERM.

     -signal_number
	     A non-negative decimal integer, specifying	the signal to be sent
	     instead of	the default TERM.

     The following pids	have special meanings:
     -1	     If	superuser, broadcast the signal	to all processes; otherwise
	     broadcast to all processes	belonging to the user.

     Some of the more commonly used signals:
     1	     HUP (hang up)
     2	     INT (interrupt)
     3	     QUIT (quit)
     6	     ABRT (abort)
     9	     KILL (non-catchable, non-ignorable	kill)
     14	     ALRM (alarm clock)
     15	     TERM (software termination	signal)

     Kill is a built-in	to csh(1); it allows job specifiers of the form
     ``%...'' as arguments so process id's are not as often used as kill argu-
     ments.  See csh(1)	for details.

SEE ALSO
     csh(1), killall(1), ps(1),	kill(2), sigaction(2)

STANDARDS
     The kill function is expected to be IEEE Std 1003.2 (``POSIX.2'') compat-
     ible.

HISTORY
     A kill command appeared in	Version	6 AT&T UNIX.

BUGS
     A replacement for the command ``kill 0'' for csh(1) users should be pro-
     vided.

FreeBSD	10.1			April 28, 1995			  FreeBSD 10.1

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