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bosskill - send a signal to your boss, or terminate your boss
bosskill [ -signal ] <bossname>
bosskill sends the TERM (terminate, 15) signal to the boss with the
specified bossname. If a signal name or number preceded by `-’ is
given as the first argument, that signal is sent instead of terminate.
The killed boss must be in the system administrator’s supervisory
The following is a list of all signals with names as in the include
SIGHUP 1 hangup. Forces bossname to re-read his/her job
description and figure out that he/she knows squat about
sysadmin work or life, in general.
SIGINT 2 interrupt. Prevents the bossname from interrupting the
sysadmin for one hour.
SIGQUIT 3 quit. Causes the boss to quit his/her job with no
SIGILL 4 illegal instruction. Makes the boss believe the last
instruction he/she gave was illegal, so he/she withdraws
SIGTRAP 5 trace trap. Display the exact location of the boss.
SIGABRT 6 abort. Makes the boss go home and try again tomorrow.
SIGKILL 9 kill. Game over.
SIGBUS 10 bus error. Boss’s transportation fails on the way to
SIGSEGV 11 segmentation violation. Boss realizes he/she is trying
to do something for which he/she is not quailified and
SIGSYS 12 bad argument. Boss loses.
SIGPIPE 13 smoke pipe. Boss samples some green leafy substance and
SIGALRM 14 alarm. Boss is startled and falls over. Best used when
boss is walking next to his/her boss.
SIGTERM 15 termination signal. Boss is fired.
Sending a SIGABRT to a boss that is already home will cause him/her to
walk aimlessly in circles for two hours.
Written by Eric L. Pederson <email@example.com>.
27 September 1995 BOSSKILL(8)