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Old 09-03-2003, 09:13 AM   #1
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kill vs. killall, AIX vs. Linux

How can I kill all processes for a user in Linux?
In Unix, I often would type "killall". This would immediately kill all proccesses (including simple login shells) except for the one I ran killall in. This was great when I know a user had logged out completely and had tons of left over processes or crashed programs... I could su - to be him, and run "killall". In Redhat, killall seems to work very differently, and nothing in the man pages for kill or killall suggests a solution.
Oh wise Linux world, please help!
Old 09-24-2003, 02:41 AM   #2
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you could do a ps and grep that for lines tha match the user and then use awk get the the process pid and then feed to to xargs to break it down to one argument at a time and then feed that to kill
so like this
ps | grep | awk | xargs | kill
just write a simple bash script
There are also plenty of script floating around you could search on google for it

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