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Linux 2.6 - man page for skill (linux section 1)

SKILL(1)			       Linux User's Manual				 SKILL(1)

       skill, snice - send a signal or report process status

       skill [signal to send] [options] process selection criteria
       snice [new priority] [options] process selection criteria

       These  tools  are  probably obsolete and unportable. The command syntax is poorly defined.
       Consider using the killall, pkill, and pgrep commands instead.

       The default signal for skill is TERM. Use -l or -L to list  available  signals.	 Particu-
       larly  useful signals include HUP, INT, KILL, STOP, CONT, and 0.  Alternate signals may be
       specified in three ways: -9 -SIGKILL -KILL.

       The default priority for snice is +4. (snice +4 ...)   Priority	numbers  range	from  +20
       (slowest)  to  -20  (fastest).  Negative priority numbers are restricted to administrative

       -f   fast mode	       This is not currently useful.
       -i   interactive use    You will be asked to approve each action.
       -v   verbose output     Display information about selected processes.
       -w   warnings enabled   This is not currently useful.
       -n   no action	       This only displays the process ID.
       -V   show version       Displays version of program.

       Selection criteria can be: terminal, user, pid, command.  The options below may be used to
       ensure correct interpretation.  Do not blame Albert for this interesting interface.

       -t   The next argument is a terminal (tty or pty).
       -u   The next argument is a username.
       -p   The next argument is a process ID number.
       -c   The next argument is a command name.

       The  signals  listed  below  may be available for use with skill.  When known, numbers and
       default behavior are shown.

       Name	Num   Action	Description
       0	  0   n/a	exit code indicates if a signal may be sent
       ALRM	 14   exit
       HUP	  1   exit
       INT	  2   exit
       KILL	  9   exit	this signal may not be blocked
       PIPE	 13   exit
       POLL	      exit
       PROF	      exit
       TERM	 15   exit
       USR1	      exit
       USR2	      exit
       VTALRM	      exit
       STKFLT	      exit	may not be implemented
       PWR	      ignore	may exit on some systems
       WINCH	      ignore

       CHLD	      ignore
       URG	      ignore
       TSTP	      stop	may interact with the shell
       TTIN	      stop	may interact with the shell
       TTOU	      stop	may interact with the shell
       STOP	      stop	this signal may not be blocked
       CONT	      restart	continue if stopped, otherwise ignore
       ABRT	  6   core
       FPE	  8   core
       ILL	  4   core
       QUIT	  3   core
       SEGV	 11   core
       TRAP	  5   core
       SYS	      core	may not be implemented
       EMT	      core	may not be implemented
       BUS	      core	core dump may fail
       XCPU	      core	core dump may fail
       XFSZ	      core	core dump may fail

       Command			   Description
       snice seti crack +7	   Slow down seti and crack
       skill -KILL -v /dev/pts/*   Kill users on new-style PTY devices
       skill -STOP viro lm davem   Stop 3 users
       snice -17 root bash	   Give priority to root's shell

       killall(1), pkill(1), kill(1), renice(1), nice(1), kill(2), signal(7)

       No standards apply.

       Albert Cahalan <albert@users.sf.net> wrote skill and snice in 1999 as a replacement for	a
       non-free  version, and is the current maintainer of the procps collection. Please send bug
       reports to <procps-feedback@lists.sf.net>.

Linux					  March 12, 1999				 SKILL(1)

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