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KILL(1) 			   BSD General Commands Manual				  KILL(1)

NAME
     kill -- terminate or signal a process

SYNOPSIS
     kill [-s signal_name] pid ...
     kill -l [exit_status]
     kill -signal_name pid ...
     kill -signal_number pid ...

DESCRIPTION
     The kill utility sends a signal to the processes specified by the pid operand(s).

     Only the super-user may send signals to other users' processes.

     The options are as follows:

     -s signal_name
	     A symbolic signal name specifying the signal to be sent instead of the default TERM.

     -l [exit_status]
	     If no operand is given, list the signal names; otherwise, write the signal name cor-
	     responding to exit_status.

     -signal_name
	     A symbolic signal name specifying the signal to be sent instead of the default TERM.

     -signal_number
	     A non-negative decimal integer, specifying the signal to be sent instead of the
	     default TERM.

     The following pids have special meanings:
     -1      If superuser, broadcast the signal to all processes; otherwise broadcast to all pro-
	     cesses belonging to the user.

     Some of the more commonly used signals:
     1	     HUP (hang up)
     2	     INT (interrupt)
     3	     QUIT (quit)
     6	     ABRT (abort)
     9	     KILL (non-catchable, non-ignorable kill)
     14      ALRM (alarm clock)
     15      TERM (software termination signal)

     Some shells may provide a builtin kill command which is similar or identical to this util-
     ity.  Consult the builtin(1) manual page.

SEE ALSO
     builtin(1), csh(1), killall(1), ps(1), kill(2), sigaction(2)

STANDARDS
     The kill function is expected to be IEEE Std 1003.2 (``POSIX.2'') compatible.

HISTORY
     A kill command appeared in Version 6 AT&T UNIX.

BUGS
     A replacement for the command ``kill 0'' for csh(1) users should be provided.

BSD					  April 28, 1995				      BSD
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