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killall does have an option to kill by username, killall -u foo, kills all of user foos processes logging them out in effect. I have now noticed the difference of doing "ps -ef|grep sshd", I'm sorry for the misunderstanding it appears I didn't even read the command as I believed it did something entirely different so now I'ver made a fool of myself :P I'll blame the late hour.
P.S the version info for killall as requested, what version are you using then?
killall (PSmisc) 21.9
Copyright (C) 1993-2005 Werner Almesberger and Craig Small
Mine comes with procps-3.2.3, its version number is 21.4.
I'm seriously confused now ...
I downloaded and installed the latest procps from http://procps.sourceforge.net/download.html
(3.2.6) and my killall still doesn't have a
-u option ... what distro are you running? They're
obviously patching stuff into that program that the
original author didn't intend to be there. In fact,
a killall -V of the latest still gives a 21.4.
I'm running an unstable gentoo, and the version of prcps installed is 3.2.6. Looking at the installation output there are no patches applies whose name would suggest adding this functionality, only ones for solving build issues on different architectures adn some unrelated features. And the source package is the same as the version downloaded off procps homepage (compaing md5sums), perhaps configure flag settings? though I don't see why this would cause the version change. This is a bit weird.
if your interested these are the patches applied:
* Applying 3.2.5-top-sort.patch ... [ ok ]
* Applying procps-3.2.5-proc-mount.patch ... [ ok ]
* Applying procps-mips-define-pagesize.patch ... [ ok ]
* Applying procps-3.2.6-mips-n32_isnt_usable_on_mips64_yet.patch ... [ ok ]
Last edited by generic_genus; 01-06-2006 at 07:09 AM.