Seppuku brings simplification to killing procs in the ps table
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Seppuku

Seppuku is a ruby cmdline utility that simplifies killing running processes. Just specify the kill level and program name with the command-line switches; Seppuku will prompt you whether you'd like to kill all listed matches or if you'd like to pick and choose.

Usage

seppuku -h 
Usage: seppuku [options] 
    -n, --name NAME                  Process name within ps table 
    -l, --level LEVEL                Kill level for operation 
    -h, --help                       Show this screen

Example

sudo seppuku -l 9 -n program_name

Installation

gem install seppuku

Notes

should work with most distros. tested with bsd and debian.