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KILL(1)			   Linux Programmer's Manual		       KILL(1)

       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

       pid... Specify the list of processes that kill should signal.  Each pid
	      can be one of five things:

	      n	     where n is	larger than 0.	The process with pid n will be

	      0	     All processes in the current process group	are  signaled.

	      -1     All processes with	pid larger than	1 will be signaled.

	      -n     where n is	larger than 1.	All processes in process group
		     n are signaled.  When an argument of  the	form  `-n'  is
		     given,  and it is meant to	denote a process group,	either
		     the signal	must be	specified first, or the	argument  must
		     be	 preceded by a `--' option, otherwise it will be taken
		     as	the signal to send.

		     All processes invoked using that name will	be signaled.

       -s signal
	      Specify the signal to send.  The signal may be given as a	signal
	      name or number.

       -l     Print   a	  list	 of   signal   names.	 These	are  found  in

       -a     Do not restrict the commandname-to-pid conversion	 to  processes
	      with the same uid	as the present process.

       -p     Specify  that kill should	only print the process id (pid)	of the
	      named processes, and not send any	signals.

       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 <>.

Linux Utilities			14 October 1994			       KILL(1)


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