Sometimes when I try to start Firefox it says "a Firefox process is already running". So I have to do this:
jeremy@jeremy-desktop:~$ ps aux | grep firefox jeremy 7451 25.0 27.4 170536 65680 ? Sl 22:39 1:18 /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.1/firefox jeremy 7578 0.0 0.3 3004 768 pts/0 S+ 22:44 0:00 grep firefox jeremy@jeremy-desktop:~$ kill 7451
What I'd like is a command that would do all that for me. It would take an input string and
grep for it (or whatever) in the list of processes, and would kill all the processes in the output:
jeremy@jeremy-desktop:~$ killbyname firefox
I tried doing it in PHP but
exec('ps aux') seems to only show processes that have been executed with
exec() in the PHP script itself (so the only process it shows is itself.)
More information: http://linux.about.com/library/cmd/blcmdl1_pkill.htm
Also possible to use:
pkill -f "Process name".
For me, it worked up perfectly. It was what I have been looking for. pkill doesn't work with name without the flag.
-f is set, the full command line is used for pattern matching.