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Old 11-25-2006, 11:10 PM   #1
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Kill process via name

Hi! I am looking for a script to kill a process based on name rather than process ID. The Process specifically is Backup Exec Remote Agent. I currently have a cron job set to start the process since it seems to lockup and we can't get our backups done daily. I wrote a simple script shown below.

#cron job for backupexec

59 17 * * * /root/cronjobs/


The problem is now that I do a ps -aux | grep -i agent I see several instances of the ./agent running.

[root@mail cron]# ps -aux | grep -i agent
Warning: bad syntax, perhaps a bogus '-'? See /usr/share/doc/procps-3.2.5/FAQ
root 21583 0.0 0.1 1696 664 ? S Nov23 0:00 ./
root 21586 0.0 0.1 1824 832 ? SN Nov23 0:00 ./
root 2562 0.0 0.1 1700 664 ? S Nov24 0:00 ./
root 2564 0.0 0.1 1700 764 ? SN Nov24 0:00 ./
root 15968 0.0 0.1 1700 664 ? S 17:59 0:00 ./
root 15970 0.0 0.1 1700 700 ? SN 17:59 0:00 ./
root 17811 0.0 0.1 3768 676 pts/1 R+ 23:08 0:00 grep -i agent

How do I kill the old processes of ./agent before starting the agent again. Can I integrate something in the script that will kill via the name? Or does it specifically have to be a process ID and if so how do we know what process ID to kill since I assume they are unique?


Old 11-25-2006, 11:25 PM   #2
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Try this...
Old 11-25-2006, 11:37 PM   #3
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Thanks budword

I just appended killall ./ to the script before the cron executes and it works perfectly.
I appreciate the fast response and help.



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