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10.3: Kill another user logged in under Fast User Switching
Authored by: 47ronin on Dec 01, '03 06:18:54PM

Yeah, you should NEVER use kill -9 unless you have to.. It's a last resort. the -9 flag forces the computer to kill the process without prejudice, and without cleaning up after itself. The TERM flag will attempt to close out any remainding resources that the process was using before trying to cleanly exit it.

Think of TERM as "Come out with your hands behind your head!"

Think of -9 as "Shoot the bastard where he stands!"



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10.3: Kill another user logged in under Fast User Switching
Authored by: hamarkus on Dec 02, '03 10:00:59AM

I can only confirm this, I have managed to create kernel panics and stuck sub-processes (requiring a restart) with kill -9.

One thing one should always try before reverting to kill -9, is to apply the kill command several times. Killing e.g. pppd usually takes 4 to 5 kill attempts before it terminates.



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