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Who hasn't been frustrated by some device stuck in a hardware read or write? Maybe it's a tape drive? It's effectively dead, maybe because the person who wrote the driver is an idiot or maybe because the person who designed the hardware is more of an idiot, or more likely something has just gone tragically wrong and you are stuck. Literally stuck, because the process doing the reading or writing dove down into the driver and it's never coming back up for air. Never. Go ahead, send it a "kill -9" signal. The process will never see that, because it's way down at the bottom of the ocean waiting for something that apparently is never going to happen.

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Murder and mayhem - killing users processes   2011/10/28 BigDumbDinosaur
- how to kill all of a specific user's user processes without "killall" - or select a subset to kill -

- Who hasn't been frustrated by some device stuck in a hardware read or write? Finally.. kill the unkillable. -

- One some OSes, this is a 'parallel kill' that will use rsh to kill processes on multiple machines. On Linux and BSD, it allows selection by various criteria, including names (like 'killall'). -

- (Linux) A more user-friendly 'kill'. A bit more ease of use never hurts. This isn't all that friendly though. For example, while 'skill -iu fred' happily brings up each of fred's processes for you to kill or not, 'skill -i -u fred' just does nothing - -

Understanding Kill  
- One of the first things people using a Unix machine learn is how to kill processes. Unfortunately, they usually learn the wrong thing. -

kill -l on Solaris -->Re SunOS & SCO differencekill -l 132  
- The "kill" command is often a shell builtin, which can confuse people because it may work differently on different systems; -

(SCO Unix)What is a zombie process?   2011/11/15 TonyLawrence
- (SCO Unix) Why can't you kill a zombie process? One of the early things people learn about Unix is that a "kill -9" is invincible- that a process must die if you send it a KILL (-9). However, that's not entirely true -

(SCO Unix)When should I use kill -9?   2010/09/26 TonyLawrence
- (SCO Unix) The idea here is that properly written programs will respond to a -15 by cleaning up anything they need to do before dying. -

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