Identifying a running process

GaryT taig at
Thu Jun 18 15:59:16 UTC 2009

Ray Leventhal wrote:
> GaryT wrote:
>> I want to learn how to identify and then stop a process - for example 
>> today I tried to restart a program that had just crashed and Ubuntu gave 
>> me a message along the lines of "XYZ is still running but not 
>> responding. Stop the process or reboot before trying again" or words to 
>> that effect.
>> Rebooting was highly undesirable because it meant shutting down other 
>> programs.  Too bad!
>> Can someone help save the search and point me to some appropriate 
>> reading matter?
>> Much appreciated
>> GT
> Hi Gary,
> In terminal, try this:
> ps auxxxx|grep XYZ
> 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>
> and you'll have stopped the hung process.
> HTH,
> -Ray

Many thanks, Ray.
Much appreciated.
I've been experimenting with and learning about ps ever since I saw your 
Magic stuff!


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