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PIDOF(8)		       Linux System Administrator's Manual			 PIDOF(8)

NAME
       pidof -- find the process ID of a running program.

SYNOPSIS
       pidof [-s] [-x] [-o omitpid] [-o omitpid..]  program [program..]

DESCRIPTION
       Pidof  finds  the  process  id's (pids) of the named programs. It prints those id's on the
       standard output. This program is on some systems used in run-level change  scripts,  espe-
       cially  when  the  system has a System-V like rc structure. In that case these scripts are
       located in /etc/rc?.d, where ? is the runlevel. If the system has a start-stop-daemon  (8)
       program that should be used instead.

OPTIONS
       -s     Single shot - this instructs the program to only return one pid.

       -x     Scripts too - this causes the program to also return process id's of shells running
	      the named scripts.

       -o     Tells pidof to omit processes with that process id. The special pid  %PPID  can  be
	      used  to	name  the parent process of the pidof program, in other words the calling
	      shell or shell script.

NOTES
       pidof is simply a (symbolic) link to the killall5 program, which should also be located in
       /sbin.

       When pidof is invoked with a full pathname to the program it should find the pid of, it is
       reasonably safe. Otherwise it is possible that it returns pids of  running  programs  that
       happen to have the same name as the program you're after but are actually other programs.

SEE ALSO
       shutdown(8), init(8), halt(8), reboot(8)

AUTHOR
       Miquel van Smoorenburg, miquels@cistron.nl

					   01 Sep 1998					 PIDOF(8)
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