Terminal 101: Track and Kill Processes



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Old Unix Guy

Two comments: 1) top may or may not show "everything going on" with your Mac - depending on how large your terminal window is. If you truly want to see everything going on you can always use "ps -ef" or "ps -aux" depending on how you were raised. 2) you should always attempt to kill a process without using the "-9" signal first and only use it if the process won't die otherwise. "-9" does not allow a process to do any cleanup before exiting. Many well-written apps will do cleanup (i.e. delete tmp files, etc.) if given the chance.

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