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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for kill (redhat section 1)

KILL(1) 			    Linux Programmer's Manual				  KILL(1)

NAME
       kill - terminate a process

SYNOPSIS
       kill [ -s signal | -p ] [ -a ] [ -- ] pid ...
       kill -l [ signal ]

DESCRIPTION
       The command kill sends the specified signal to the specified process or process group.  If
       no signal is specified, the TERM signal is sent.  The  TERM  signal  will  kill	processes
       which  do not catch this signal.  For other processes, it may be necessary to use the KILL
       (9) signal, since this signal cannot be caught.

       Most modern shells have a builtin kill function, with a usage rather similar  to  that  of
       the command described here. The `-a' and `-p' options, and the possibility to specify pids
       by command name is a local extension.

OPTIONS
       pid... Specify the list of processes that kill should signal.  Each pid can be one of five
	      things:

	      n      where n is larger than 0.	The process with pid n will be signaled.

	      0      All processes in the current process group are signaled.

	      -1     All processes with pid larger than 1 will be signaled.

	      -n     where  n  is  larger than 1.  All processes in process group n are signaled.
		     When an argument of the form `-n' is given, and it  is  meant  to	denote	a
		     process  group,  either  the signal must be specified first, or the argument
		     must be preceded by a `--' option, otherwise it will be taken as the  signal
		     to send.

	      commandname
		     All processes invoked using that name will be signaled.

       -s signal
	      Specify the signal to send.  The signal may be given as a signal name or number.

       -l     Print a list of signal names.  These are found in /usr/include/linux/signal.h

       -a     Do not restrict the commandname-to-pid conversion to processes with the same uid as
	      the present process.

       -p     Specify that kill should only print the process id (pid) of  the	named  processes,
	      and not send any signals.

SEE ALSO
       bash(1), tcsh(1), kill(2), sigvec(2), signal(7)

AUTHOR
       Taken  from  BSD  4.4.  The ability to translate process names to process ids was added by
       Salvatore Valente <svalente@mit.edu>.

Linux Utilities 			 14 October 1994				  KILL(1)


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