Conall O'Brien wrote:
>On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 06:17:23PM IST, Gareth Eason
><bigbro at skynet.ie> incoherently babbled:
>>>>>To kill a process (in increasing order of impoliteness):
>> 1. use the proscribed method (man page / interface)
>> 2. If it has an interface, try Ctrl + C (break)
>> 3. kill -TERM $PID
>> 4. kill -9 $PID
>> 5. shutdown -t 0 -r now (or similar, to reboot your machine)
>>>>>>That doesn't look complete, or in the right order for that matter...
>>>I'd add "kill -STOP $PID" between 2 and 3.
>>This will do what it says on the tin, and STOP the process. It won't
actually terminate it, which is I believe the desired effect. It's a
valid option to kill but really belongs before 1, since you can change
your mind with this one and restart the same process by sending a kill
-CONT. You need to do more to get rid of the process altogether.
>>Also, kill -TERM is the same thing as kill -15, which should be
>performed *after* kill -9, not before. So 3 and 4 should be swapped.
>>That's just wrong. kill -9 is unequivocal. kill -15 (the default) will
allow the process to clean up before exiting, or ignore it altogether.
Which of these is more polite?
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