On some systems like the
JeOS version of
Ubuntu, some commands that we consider trivial are not installed and usually there is an alternative that we are not aware of (e.g instead of nano there is vi).
In this case there is the
pkill command that will send a specified signal (or
SIGTERM if not specified) to all processes that match the name (more options are available).
For example instead of
you can use
which is also pretty easy and straightforward.
would be of course to install it. If you have enough access you can install the package
psmisc using the following command (in Ubuntu / Debian):
apt-get install psmisc
For RHEL – Red Hat / Fedora:
yum install psmisc
This package contains the following useful programs:
fuser– identifies what processes are using files.
killall– kills a process by its name, similar to a
pstree– Shows currently running processes in a tree format.
peekfd– Peek at file descriptors of running processes.