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Implement kill -9 using TerminateProcess, or provide TerminateProcess #6146

vicuna opened this issue Aug 29, 2013 · 2 comments


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commented Aug 29, 2013

Original bug ID: 6146
Reporter: Bardou
Assigned to: @alainfrisch
Status: closed (set by @xavierleroy on 2015-12-11T18:24:01Z)
Resolution: fixed
Priority: normal
Severity: feature
Platform: Windows
Target version: 4.02.0+dev
Category: otherlibs

Bug description

I implemented terminate_process like this:

#include <windows.h>

CAMLprim value o_terminate_process(value o_pid)

// The implementation of Unix.create_process returns the Handle as PID.
// Luckily this is exactly what we need.
HANDLE pid = (HANDLE) Long_val(o_pid);
BOOL result = TerminateProcess(pid, 0);
o_result = Val_bool(result);


external terminate_process: int -> bool = "o_terminate_process"

I figured I might as well share the code. This could be used either to implement Unix.kill at least for signal SIGKILL. Or, a new function terminate_process could be provided. Just like create_process exists to simulate the Windows function CreateProcess using the Unix function fork, the terminate_process would exist to simulate the Windows function TerminateProcess using the Unix function kill.


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commented Aug 30, 2013

Comment author: @alainfrisch

LexiFi's version has implemented exactly that (implementing partially Unix.kill for Sys.sigkill). Unless someone argues in favor of a dedicated terminate_process function, I'll commit a version of the "Unix.kill" proposal.


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commented Sep 3, 2013

Comment author: @alainfrisch

Wish granted (commit 14059 on trunk).

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