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Reboot a hung system with Spotlight and Terminal
Authored by: allentown on Dec 30, '08 09:00:23AM

If you can get a terminal running, do not even bother with the reboot. Just type `top -u` and you should be able to see the hung process. -u sorts the list by CPU usage. Once you know the name of the process, for example, if it was Finder, just type `sudo killall`. You can then issue a clean restart, or in the case of Finder, it will relaunch.

This can be a nice way to deal with apps that still need some data saved.

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