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NAME

       pgrep,  pkill  -  look  up  or signal processes based on name and other
       attributes

SYNOPSIS

       pgrep [-cflvx] [-d delimiter] [-n|-o] [-P ppid,...] [-g pgrp,...]
       [-s sid,...] [-u euid,...] [-U uid,...] [-G gid,...] [-t term,...]
       [pattern]

       pkill [-signal] [-fvx] [-n|-o] [-P ppid,...] [-g pgrp,...] [-s sid,...]
              [-u euid,...] [-U uid,...] [-G gid,...] [-t term,...] [pattern]

DESCRIPTION

       pgrep looks through the currently running processes and lists the
       process IDs which matches the selection criteria to stdout.  All the
       criteria have to match.  For example,

              $ pgrep -u root sshd

       will only list the processes called sshd AND owned by root.  On the
       other hand,

              $ pgrep -u root,daemon

       will list the processes owned by root OR daemon.

       pkill will send the specified signal (by default SIGTERM) to each
       process instead of listing them on stdout.

OPTIONS

       -c     Suppress normal output; instead print a count of matching
              processes.

       -d delimiter
              Sets the string used to delimit each process ID in the output
              (by default a newline).  (pgrep only.)

       -f     The pattern is normally only matched against the process name.
              When -f is set, the full command line is used.

       -g pgrp,...
              Only match processes in the process group IDs listed.  Process
              group 0 is translated into pgrep's or pkill's own process group.

       -G gid,...
              Only match processes whose real group ID is listed.  Either the
              numerical or symbolical value may be used.

       -l     List the process name as well as the process ID. (pgrep only.)

       -n     Select only the newest (most recently started) of the matching
              processes.

       -o     Select only the oldest (least recently started) of the matching
              processes.

       -P ppid,...
              Only match processes whose parent process ID is listed.

       -s sid,...
              Only match processes whose process session ID is listed.
              Session ID 0 is translated into pgrep's or pkill's own session
              ID.

       -t term,...
              Only match processes whose controlling terminal is listed.  The
              terminal name should be specified without the "/dev/" prefix.

       -u euid,...
              Only match processes whose effective user ID is listed.  Either
              the numerical or symbolical value may be used.

       -U uid,...
              Only match processes whose real user ID is listed.  Either the
              numerical or symbolical value may be used.

       -v     Negates the matching.

       -x     Only match processes whose name (or command line if -f is
              specified) exactly match the pattern.

       -signal
              Defines the signal to send to each matched process.  Either the
              numeric or the symbolic signal name can be used.  (pkill only.)

OPERANDS

       pattern
              Specifies an Extended Regular Expression for matching against
              the process names or command lines.

EXAMPLES

       Example 1: Find the process ID of the named daemon:

              $ pgrep -u root named

       Example 2: Make syslog reread its configuration file:

              $ pkill -HUP syslogd

       Example 3: Give detailed information on all xterm processes:

              $ ps -fp $(pgrep -d, -x xterm)

       Example 4: Make all netscape processes run nicer:

              $ renice +4 `pgrep netscape`

EXIT STATUS

       0      One or more processes matched the criteria.
       1      No processes matched.
       2      Syntax error in the command line.
       3      Fatal error: out of memory etc.

NOTES

       The process name used for matching is limited to the 15 characters
       present in the output of /proc/pid/stat.  Use the -f option to match
       against the complete command line, /proc/pid/cmdline.

       The running pgrep or pkill process will never report itself as a match.

BUGS

       The options -n and -o and -v can not be combined.  Let me know if you
       need to do this.

       Defunct processes are reported.

SEE ALSO

       ps(1), regex(7), signal(7), killall(1), skill(1), kill(1), kill(2)

STANDARDS

       pkill and pgrep were introduced in Sun's Solaris 7.  This
       implementation is fully compatible.

AUTHOR

       Kjetil Torgrim Homme <kjetilho@ifi.uio.no>

       Albert Cahalan <albert@users.sf.net> is the current maintainer of the
       procps package.

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