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Terminate processes/programs by their name, not their pid!
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PKILL by Colin Woodbury <colingw AT gmail> ABOUT PKILL ----------- Don't feel like fiddling around with grep and kill to stop that runaway process that isn't acting the way it should? With pkill, you can kill it by name! pkill iTunes # Bye bye iTunes! pkill Firefox # Bye bye Firefox! Need more power? Force the kill! pkill -9 Firefox # Someone was being a bad boy. pkill accepts all the numbered signals that the native 'kill' command does. REQUIREMENTS ------------ pkill is a python script that is compatible from 2.6 upwards through 3.2. To run it, you'll need to be using Linux, OSX, or Cygwin in Windows. cygwin: http://cygwin.com/ INSTALLING PKILL ---------------- Download the source, and place it whereever you like. Then, in either your .bash_profile (mac) or .bashrc (Linux), add something like: alias pkill="python ~/path/to/pkill/pkill.py" Save, and close the Terminal window, and open a new one. You're ready to use pkill! RUNNING PKILL ------------- No matter where you are in your shell, just type: pkill (optional-term-signal) name-of-naughty-process and all will be taken care of!