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NAME

       kill - send a signal to a process

SYNOPSIS

       kill [ -signal | -s signal ] pid ...
       kill [ -L | -V, --version ]
       kill -l  [ signal ]

DESCRIPTION

       The  default  signal  for  kill is TERM. Use -l or -L to list available
       signals.  Particularly useful signals include  HUP,  INT,  KILL,  STOP,
       CONT,  and  0.   Alternate  signals  may be specified in three ways: -9
       -SIGKILL -KILL.  Negative PID  values  may  be  used  to  choose  whole
       process  groups;  see the PGID column in ps command output. A PID of -1
       is special; it indicates all processes except the kill  process  itself
       and init.

SIGNALS

       The  signals  listed  below  may  be available for use with kill.  When
       known constant, numbers and default behavior are shown.

       Name     Num   Action    Description
       0          0   n/a       exit code indicates if a signal may be sent
       ALRM      14   exit
       HUP        1   exit
       INT        2   exit
       KILL       9   exit      cannot be blocked
       PIPE      13   exit
       POLL           exit
       PROF           exit
       TERM      15   exit
       USR1           exit
       USR2           exit
       VTALRM         exit
       STKFLT         exit      might not be implemented
       PWR            ignore    might exit on some systems
       WINCH          ignore
       CHLD           ignore
       URG            ignore
       TSTP           stop      might interact with the shell
       TTIN           stop      might interact with the shell
       TTOU           stop      might interact with the shell
       STOP           stop      cannot be blocked
       CONT           restart   continue if stopped, otherwise ignore
       ABRT       6   core
       FPE        8   core
       ILL        4   core
       QUIT       3   core
       SEGV      11   core
       TRAP       5   core
       SYS            core      might not be implemented
       EMT            core      might not be implemented
       BUS            core      core dump might fail
       XCPU           core      core dump might fail
       XFSZ           core      core dump might fail

NOTES

       Your shell (command line interpreter) may have a built-in kill command.
       You  may  need  to run the command described here as /bin/kill to solve
       the conflict.

EXAMPLES

       kill -9 -1
              Kill all processes you can kill.

       kill -l 11
              Translate number 11 into a signal name.

       kill -L
              List the available signal choices in a nice table.

       kill 123 543 2341 3453
              Send the default signal, SIGTERM, to all those processes.

SEE ALSO

       pkill(1), skill(1), kill(2), renice(1), nice(1), signal(7), killall(1).

STANDARDS

       This  command  meets  appropriate  standards.  The  -L  flag  is Linux-
       specific.

AUTHOR

       Albert Cahalan <albert@users.sf.net> wrote kill in 1999  to  replace  a
       bsdutils one that was not standards compliant. The util-linux one might
       also work correctly.

       Please send bug reports to <procps-feedback@lists.sf.net>