kill, slay, broke, dontkill – print commands to kill processes


kill name ...

slay name ...

broke [ user ]

dontkill regexp


Kill prints commands that will cause all processes called name and owned by the current user to be terminated. Use the send command of rio(1), or pipe the output of kill into rc(1) to execute the commands.

Kill suggests sending a kill note to the process; the same message delivered to the process’s ctl file (see proc(3)) is a surer, if heavy handed, kill, but is necessary if the offending process is ignoring notes. The slay command prints commands to do this.

Broke prints commands that will cause all processes in the Broken state and owned by user (by default, the current user) to go away. When a process dies because of an error caught by the system, it may linger in the Broken state to allow examination with a debugger. Executing the commands printed by broke lets the system reclaim the resources used by the broken processes.

Dontkill flags processes matching the program name regexp as not to be killed in the event of memory exhaustion. This is usually run from termrc and cpurc (see cpurc(8)) to protect important system processes from getting killed.




ps(1), stop(1), notify(2), proc(3)