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Old 07-09-2001
Question Hup

I am curious about HUP..... kill -HUP pid
What exactly does it do?? Does it stop the process and restart it from the beginning or from where it stopped? Thanks
# 2  
Old 07-09-2001
It restarts the process from the begging (reloading any config files it uses)

     name. There is no default. Typing kill  does not send a sig-
     nal  to  the  current  job. If the signal being sent is TERM
     (terminate) or HUP (hangup), then the job or process is sent
     a CONT (continue) signal as well.

# 3  
Old 07-09-2001
Was this in the man pages...if so sorry for wasting your time, I was reading about the kill command and I don't have a unix box at my job to use the man command but wanted the answer now, and this site usually gets the answers to my simple questions quickly. Thanks for the info.
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Old 07-10-2001
for future referance i would also check out they have online man pages.
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Old 07-12-2001
I'm curious. I was under the impression that it was simply a certain type of kill signal, in this case on a "hang up", or disconnection by the user running the process. I know certain processes restart on a HUP signal, but is that always the case, or is that simply how they handle that signal in a specific instance? For example , if I killall -HUP inetd, I know it will restart the inted daemon, re-reading all config files. But when I killall -HUP pppd, it literally hangs up...

Am I mistaken?
# 6  
Old 07-12-2001
isnt your pppd something you have to initiate via entering a command to tell it to dial or does it auto connect as soon as the daemon is started?

# 7  
Old 07-12-2001

Well, that was only an example. Regardless, will signal 1 (HUP) always cause a process to restart, or only in some cases? I was under the impression that it killed your processes when you logged out, thus the "nohup" utility for keeping your jobs running upon logout.

For example, if I telnet to, sign in, and run "mail", it tracks my processes. Say my session is dropped, or I close my session from my end. Isn't the HUP signal sent to "mail" to kill it, as opposed to TERM(15), or INT(2)?

I know that to restart, say, inetd, for example I can kill -1 it, but not all programs follow this convention. Is that correct?

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