Terminal 101: Track and Kill Processes

1

Comment

+ Add a Comment
avatar

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.

Old Unix Guy

Log in to Mac|Life directly or log in using Facebook

Forgot your username or password?
Click here for help.

Login with Facebook
Log in using Facebook to share comments and articles easily with your Facebook feed.