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SKILL(1)		Local UNIX Programmer's	Manual		      SKILL(1)

NAME
       skill, snice - signal or	reprioritize specified processes

SYNOPSIS
       skill [-signal] [-afinvw] {tty user command pid}
       snice [(-|+)priority] [-afinvw] {tty user command pid}
       skill -l

DESCRIPTION
       Skill  sends  the  terminate signal to a	set of processes.  If a	signal
       name (or	number)	preceded by a `-' is given, that signal	will  be  sub-
       stituted	 for  terminate.   The	command	 `skill	-l' displays a list of
       available signals.

       Snice alters the	scheduling priority of	selected  processes.   By  de-
       fault,  the  new	 priority  is +4, but an argument of the form `+N' (or
       `-N') can be used to specify some other value.  Since  the  meaning  of
       "priority" differs wildly, snice	will normalize priorities to the range
       PRIO_MIN	through	PRIO_MAX; generally `-20' is the highest priority  and
       `+20'  is the (s)lowest.	 Apart from the	super-user, users may only in-
       crement their priority.	An invalid priority is quietly rounded	up  or
       down  to	the first acceptable value.  Where multiple scheduling classes
       are available, snice is only guaranteed to operate on processes in  the
       "Time Share" class.

       Options accepted	by both	commands are as	follows:

       -a     When run by an unprivileged user,	processes that belong to other
	      users are	quietly	ignored.  In all mode, this internal filter is
	      disabled.	  It  may be used in conjunction with the `-n' flag to
	      display a	set of processes  that	match  a  specified  criteria.
	      This flag	has no effect for the super-user.

       -f     In fast mode, the	machine-dependent code responsible for reading
	      processes	is allowed to make decisions to	improve	speed  at  the
	      expense of error reporting (e.g. commands	may not	be displayed).
	      This option mainly exists	to aid in killing runaway processes on
	      operating	systems	with complicated virtual memory	designs.

       -i     In interactive mode, the user is prompted	with each process that
	      is a candidate for action.  Responding `y' will  carry  out  the
	      stated  action.  Also, a ^D at this prompt causes	skill or snice
	      to exit immediately.

       -n     Display process id's but do not act on them.

       -v     In verbose mode, the id of each process successfully acted  upon
	      is displayed.  Verbose mode may be enabled by default by setting
	      the "SKILL_VERBOSE" environment variable.
	      Alternately, when	this is	the only argument, version information
	      is displayed and the program exits.

       -w     Display warning messages for unreachable processes.

       All  command line arguments are order independent.  Skill and snice al-
       low processes to	be specified  using  any  combination  of  ttys,  user
       names,  and  commands  (as  well	as process id's).  Only	processes that
       match something in each category	are acted  upon.   An  empty  category
       guarantees  a  match.   For example, `skill -HUP	vi ex tty00' will send
       the hangup signal to all	vi(1)  and  ex(1)  processes  associated  with
       tty00.	Similarly,  `snice  +10	find root' will	change the priority of
       all find(1) processes owned by root to +10.

       Unprivileged users can only change their	own processes so they need not
       specify	their  user  name  as part of the argument list.  On the other
       hand, the super-user should be more careful (e.g. the command `snice -5
       vi' will	change the priority of every vi(1) process on the system).

       Since  skill  and  snice	 categorize their arguments, there is a	chance
       that they will do so incorrectly	(e.g. a	system command is also a  user
       name).  Both programs try to match an argument with a tty, a user name,
       and a process id, before	classifying it	as  a  command.	  To  override
       this,  an  argument  can	be forced to a particular type by preceding it
       with `-c' (command), `-u' (user), `-t' (tty), or	`-p' (process id).  As
       a special case, a question mark (`?') is	categorized as a tty, and will
       match processes without controlling ttys.

       When targeting processes	by command name, both skill and	snice use  the
       actual  name of the binary (i.e.	that which is used for accounting pur-
       poses).	Otherwise, as processes	are permitted to change	their argument
       vector  (specifically  argv[0]),	 an  errant  program could continually
       change its name to avoid	being acted upon.  When	 targeting  a  process
       that  has  changed  its	name,  use the `-nv' options to	see its	actual
       name.  Command names may	be specified using regular expressions by  en-
       closing	them in	forward	slashes.  For example, `skill -KILL /d$/' will
       send the	kill signal to processes with names ending in "d".

       Process id's are	not known beforehand, so both kernel  memory  and  the
       swap  device  must  be  searched	 for the required information.	Alter-
       nately, on some systems,	the "/proc" file system	is examined.   When  a
       process	fitting	 each  category	is discovered, it is immediately acted
       upon (unless running in interactive or display-only  mode).   Processes
       must  belong  to	 the  current user unless said user is the super-user.
       Neither program will ever act on	itself,	but everything	else  is  fair
       game.

       Exit  status is normally	0; if the user makes a mistake,	1 is returned.
       If a system error occurs, exit status is	2.

FILES
       /vmunix	      system name list
       /dev/mem	      physical memory
       /dev/kmem      kernel virtual memory
       /dev/drum      swap device
       /proc	      process file system
       /dev	      searched to map ttys into	device numbers

SEE ALSO
       kill(1),	nice(1), priocntl(1), renice(1), ps(1),
       kill(2),	setpriority(2),	signal(2), regex(3), proc(4)

AUTHOR
       Jeff Forys

CONTRIBUTORS
       David Sharnoff	   Greg	Earle	       Christos	Zoulas
       Gorodecki Tom	   Mike	Hibler	       Ric Anderson
       Chuck L Blake	   Lee Duncan	       Allan E Johannesen
       Michael Smith	   Aaron Denney	       Simon Burge

BUGS
       Things change while these programs execute, occasionally	processes will
       be missed (the `-w' flag	displays these).

       Systems	generally  truncate command names to an	OS-dependent size.  To
       target commands with long names,	specify	the truncated name  or	use  a
       regular expression.

       On  some	 operating  systems,  these programs are unable	to investigate
       processes belonging to other users.  While not a	problem, this fact  is
       reflected  in  the "(but	N could	not be checked)" notice, which follows
       the "no matching	processes" message.

4th Berkeley Distribution	 April 6, 2005			      SKILL(1)

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