Identifying a running process

Markus Schönhaber ubuntu-users at
Thu Jun 18 15:02:04 UTC 2009

Ray Leventhal:

> the first column of the response will be the process ID (PID) of the 
> offending process.  Once that's known you can
> sudo kill <pid>

If you have started process to be killed yourself, there's (probably) no
need to use sudo.
In fact, using sudo then is a bad idea. With sudo, if you mis-type the
process ID, you might, for example, accidently kill a system process.

BTW: Gnome and KDE provide GUI system monitor applications that also let
you terminate processes.


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