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NAME

       pidof -- find the process ID of a running program.

SYNOPSIS

       pidof [-s] [-x] [-o omitpid] [-o omitpid..]  program [program..]

DESCRIPTION

       Pidof  finds  the  process id’s (pids) of the named programs. It prints
       those id’s on the standard output. This program is on some systems used
       in  run-level change scripts, especially when the system has a System-V
       like  rc  structure.  In  that  case  these  scripts  are  located   in
       /etc/rc?.d,  where  ?  is the runlevel. If the system has a start-stop-
       daemon (8) program that should be used instead.

OPTIONS

       -s     Single shot - this instructs the program to only return one pid.

       -x     Scripts  too  -  this  causes the program to also return process
              id’s of shells running the named scripts.

       -o omitpid
              Tells pidof to omit processes with that process id. The  special
              pid  %PPID  can  be used to name the parent process of the pidof
              program, in other words the calling shell or shell script.

EXIT STATUS

       0      At least one program was found with the requested name.

       1      No program was found with the requested name.

NOTES

       pidof is simply a (symbolic) link to the killall5 program, which should
       also be located in /sbin.

       When  pidof  is  invoked  with a full pathname to the program it should
       find the pid of, it is reasonably safe. Otherwise it is  possible  that
       it  returns  pids of running programs that happen to have the same name
       as the program you’re after but are actually other programs.

SEE ALSO

       shutdown(8), init(8), halt(8), reboot(8)

AUTHOR

       Miquel van Smoorenburg, miquels@cistron.nl

                                  01 Sep 1998                         PIDOF(8)