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Old 05-25-2005, 10:31 AM   #1
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Question task manager?

I am running suse 9.3 and wonder if there is a way to kill a running program that freezes. Something like windows task manager. I stumbled upon a kill command in the console, but i do not know how to kill a specific program. Thanks for your help.
Old 05-25-2005, 10:48 AM   #2
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use "ps -e | grep <program name>" get the pid, and "kill -9 <pid>".

the thing that's similar to task manager for listing processes is "top", use 'q' to quit it.
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I would do a few commands to see what is the problem, and then kill it.

That will list the processes using the most memory and CPU time.

(you@yours)$ps -ef|grep (name of program you want to kill)
That will give you the numeric PID for the program in question.

(you@yours)$kill (PID from the last command)
As an example, if my firefox was hanging, I'd do top and see that firefox was eating resources. Then I'd do ps -ef|grep firefox, and I'd get a list of all the processes that had firefox in their name. Then I'd find the PID, which changes each time you use a program. If the main firefox shows a PID of 2254, then my last command would be kill 2254. If you don't have the permissions to kill the program, you may have to sudo or su to issue the kill command.

the htop program streamlines some of that, it is an enhanced top that allows you to kill process directly within it. You can find it at
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If you are using kde and you prefer a gui app then you can also use ksysguard.

Hope this helps
Old 05-25-2005, 12:10 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the info! I appreciate it.
Old 05-28-2005, 07:09 AM   #6
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man top
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xkill is what you were looking for.

Edit: and this is more convenient than the TM under Windows.

Last edited by Emerson; 05-28-2005 at 07:17 AM.
Old 05-28-2005, 08:15 AM   #8
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killall programname

or if that fails:

killall -9 programname


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