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Authored by: Sesquipedalian on Nov 17, '09 09:12:15PM
robg adds: I believe a "friendlier" version of this command is killall -QUIT Dock, which tells the Dock to quit nicely"

Actually, that is completely false, Rob. Contrary to expectation, adding the -QUIT parameter to the killall command does the exact opposite of nicely telling the application to quit: instead, it simply crashes the application!

When used on normal applications, such as TextEdit, iChat, etc., this provokes a crash report from the operating system like this:

TextEdit quit unexpectedly.

Click Reopen to open the application. Click Report
to see more detailed information and send a report to
Apple.

(Ignore) (Report...) (Reopen)
The only reason why using killall -QUIT Dock doesn't provoke a crash report is that the Dock is a special and essential application that Mac OS X is set to relaunch immediately---and silently---if it ever crashes.

However, there is a way to do what you wanted this to do, without typing a full osascript command. If anyone is looking for a fast and easy way to use the command line to politely tell an application to quit, please see this hint.

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