Kill: The Command to End All Commands

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Need to get rid of a job that's gotten into a loop and refuses to end? Here's a command that will take care of the problem.
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Kill child processes

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I am trying to kill all child processes without the parent. Lets just say it is bash that is running multiple times. I want to kill all of the child processes for bash but leave the parent running. Does anyone know how I can do that. I have tried the multiple commands and they either don't work or they kill everything. Any suggestions?

Kill Commands

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I am trying to kill all child processes without the parent. Lets just say it is bash that is running multiple times. I want to kill all of the child processes for bash but leave the parent running. Does anyone know how I can do that. I have tried the multiple commands and they either don't work or they kill everything. Any suggestions?

kill by process name

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To kill by process name, use pkill -signal

pkill processname -signal

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pkill processname -signal

I always thought that kill

Anonymous's picture

I always thought that kill -SIGKILL would kill any process, until I started plugging USB drives into my machine. I keep having problems where they lockup and cannot be listed, unmounted or anything else. If I do an ls on the mounted file system, it never comes back. I can find the process id of the ls process, but kill -9 on that process id does nothing. Anyone have something stronger than kill -9?

i'm running leopard on my

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i'm running leopard on my AlBook G4 1.5 how do you use the process name i.e. "safari" "firefox" in conjunction with kill/killall?