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Old 08-18-2008, 05:49 AM   #1
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Shell Script : Kill a running process when another process starts

Hi , I was wondering if i could kill an already running process when i start another one.

For example ,
If i run firefox , i want that totem be killed before firefox starts( Because if totem is running , firefox doesnt play any sound ).
How can this be achieved ?

I hope Im clear with my query.
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As a quick fix, you could change however you start firefox to something like this:
pkill totem && firefox
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Thanks for the info , but i cant figure out how to add this to firefox startup , Im using Ubuntu Hardy and running Firefox from
Applications > Internet > Firefox . Any ideas ?
Old 08-20-2008, 03:47 AM   #4
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The Firefox icon you are using has a setting entry in its right-click menu. There, you can replace the current command with what gilead said.

However, 'pkill totem' will return a failed exit code if totem isn't running. The && operator will then fail to start Firefox because it will only execute the command if the previous command returned no error. Replace the && with a ; instead. This way the two commands will simply be executed in sequence, regardless of whether pkill finds a totem to kill or not.



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