skill man page

skill, snice — send a signal or report process status

Synopsis

skill [signal] [options] expression
snice [new priority] [options] expression

Description

These tools are obsolete and unportable. The command syntax is poorly defined. Consider using the killall, pkill, and pgrep commands instead.

The default signal for skill is TERM. Use -l or -L to list available signals. Particularly useful signals include HUP, INT, KILL, STOP, CONT, and 0. Alternate signals may be specified in three ways: -9 -SIGKILL -KILL.

The default priority for snice is +4. Priority numbers range from +20 (slowest) to -20 (fastest). Negative priority numbers are restricted to administrative users.

Options

-f, --fast
Fast mode. This option has not been implemented.
-i, --interactive
Interactive use. You will be asked to approve each action.
-l, --list
List all signal names.
-L, --table
List all signal names in a nice table.
-n, --no-action
No action; perform a simulation of events that would occur but do not actually change the system.
-v, --verbose
Verbose; explain what is being done.
-w, --warnings
Enable warnings. This option has not been implemented.
-h, --help
Display help text and exit.
-V, --version
Display version information.

Process Selection Options

Selection criteria can be: terminal, user, pid, command. The options below may be used to ensure correct interpretation.

-t, --tty tty
The next expression is a terminal (tty or pty).
-u, --user user
The next expression is a username.
-p, --pid pid
The next expression is a process ID number.
-c, --command command
The next expression is a command name.
--ns pid
Match the processes that belong to the same namespace as pid.
--nslist ns,...
list which namespaces will be considered for the --ns option. Available namespaces: ipc, mnt, net, pid, user, uts.

Signals

The behavior of signals is explained in signal(7) manual page.

Examples

snice -c seti -c crack +7
Slow down seti and crack commands.
skill -KILL -t /dev/pts/*
Kill users on PTY devices.
skill -STOP -u viro -u lm -u davem
Stop three users.

See Also

kill(1), kill(2), killall(1), nice(1), pkill(1), renice(1), signal(7)

Standards

No standards apply.

Author

Albert Cahalan wrote skill and snice in 1999 as a replacement for a non-free version.

Reporting Bugs

Please send bug reports to procps@freelists.org

Referenced By

pgrep(1).

snice(1) is an alias of skill(1).

October 2011 procps-ng User Commands