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KILLALL(1)              FreeBSD General Commands Manual             KILLALL(1)

NAME
     killall - kill processes by name

SYNOPSIS
     killall [-d -|-v] [-h -|-?] [-help] [-l] [-m] [-s] [-SIGNAL] procname ...

DESCRIPTION
     Killall kills processes selected by name, as opposed to the selection by
     pid as done by kill(1).  By default, it will send a TERM signal to all
     processes with an effective UID identical to the caller of killall that
     match the name procname.  The super-user is allowed to kill any process.

     The options are as follows:

           -d -|-v     Be more verbose about what will be done.  For a single
                       -d option, a list of the processes that will be sent
                       the signal will be printed, or a message indicating
                       that no matching processes have been found.  If the
                       option -d has been specified at least twice, the
                       effective UID, PID, and name of all processes found in
                       procfs(5) will be listed in addition.

           -h -|-?

           -help       Give a help on the command usage and exit.

           -l          List the names of the available signals and exit, like
                       in kill(1).

           -m          Match the argument procname as a (case insensitive)
                       regular expression against the names of processes found
                       in procfs(5).  CAUTION!  This is dangerous, a single
                       dot will match any process running under the effective
                       UID of the caller.  The regular expression syntax in
                       effect is that used by perl(1).

           -s          Show only what would be done, but do not send any
                       signal.

           -SIGNAL     Send a different signal instead of the default TERM.
                       The signal may be specified either as a name (with or
                       without a leading SIG), or numerically.

ALL PROCESSES
     Sending a signal to all processes with uid XYZ is already supported by
     kill(1).  So use kill(1) for this job (e.g. $ kill -TERM -1 or as root $
     echo kill -TERM -1 | su -m <user>)

DIAGNOSTICS
     The killall command will respond with a short usage message and exit with
     a status of 2 in case of a command error.  A status of 1 will be returned
     if either no matching process has been found or not all processes have
     been signalled successfully.  Otherwise, a status of 0 will be returned.

     Diagnostic messages will only be printed if requested by -d options.

SEE ALSO
     kill(1), procfs(5)

HISTORY
     The killall command appeared in FreeBSD 2.1.  It has been modeled after
     the killall command as available on other platforms.

AUTHORS
     The program has been contributed by Wolfram Schneider, this manual page
     has been written by Joerg Wunsch.

FreeBSD 2.2                      June 25, 1995                     FreeBSD 2.2

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