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The kill command allows a user to request that a chosen signal (SIGTERM by default) be sent to a chosen process or group of processes. Most users are limited to processes whose UID is their own, but the superuser is not so limited.

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This command occurs in the GNU Coreutils where a man page can also be found. Many Linux systems, however, are using a different version. The current author has not yet tracked this down.

Related Commands

These all relate process control

  • killall - Kill processes by command-name.
  • sleep - Delay the process calling this.

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