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kill(1)								       kill(1)

NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     kill - terminate a	process	by default

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     kill [-signal] pid. . .
     kill -signal <b>-pgid. . .
     kill -l

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     kill sends	a signal to the	specified processes.  The value	of signal may
     be	numeric	or symbolic [see signal(5)].  The symbolic signal name is the
     name as it	appears	in /usr/include/sys/signal.h, with the SIG prefix
     stripped off.  Signal 15 (SIGTERM)	is sent	by default; this will normally
     kill processes that do not	catch or ignore	the signal.

     pid and pgid are unsigned numeric strings that identify which process(es)
     should receive the	signal.	 If pid	is used, the process with process ID
     pid is selected.  If pgid is used,	all processes with process group ID
     pgid are selected.

     The process number	of each	asynchronous process started with & is
     reported by the shell (unless more	than one process is started in a
     pipeline, in which	case the number	of the last process in the pipeline is
     reported).	 Process numbers can also be found by using ps(1).

     When invoked with the -l option, kill will	print a	list of	symbolic
     signal names.  The	details	of the kill are	described in kill(2).  For
     example, if process number	0 is specified,	all processes in the process
     group are signaled.

     The signalled process must	belong to the current user unless the user is
     a privileged user.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

	  language-specific message file [see LANG on environ(5).]

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     ps(1), sh(1), kill(2), signal(2), signal(5)

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