Unix, Xenix and ODT General FAQ
This article is from a FAQ concerning SCO operating
systems. While some of the information may be applicable to any OS,
or any Unix or Linux OS, it may be specific to SCO Xenix, Open
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Well, actually it does- it's just a very different command than
what you might think.
Solaris, Linux and Bsd users are accustomed to using killall to
kill processes by name. SCO (and old Sunos too) use killall quite
differently. They use it as part of shutdown to kill off stuff
before shutting down. Here's what happens with SCO if you type
"killall mozilla-bin" as root. (thanks to Bela Lubkin for some
"mozilla-bin" gets converted to a number. Fortunately, that's 0,
because "killall" then builds a list of processes and sends them a
signal 0. Signal 0 does nothing, so no harm done in this case. But
if we had said "killall 9lives" instead, it would have sent a
signal 9 to just about everything running. That could upset a few
See "man killall" for the gory details. Try "killall -v
mozilla-bin" on SCO if you like - but don't try "9lives" unless you don't
care what gets killed (the -v shows the processes affected).
John Dubois's "maim" program is similar to Linux/Bsd killall:
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