LINUX 101: How to use the kill and killall commands

Jack Wallen shows you the basic difference between two commands that end with the same results … closing unresponsive applications.

Image: Jack Wallen

It’s a rare occasion that a Linux application will run astray, but it does happen. This most often happens with user-facing apps, such as browsers, office suites and the like. When that happens, what do you do? You turn to kill or killall, two commands that give you absolute control over whether an application can continue running or not. 

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If you find an app has become unresponsive, either kill or killall will never fail to show that app who’s boss: You. But which command should you use? 

To be honest, I almost always use killall. Why? Because with the killall command I don’t have to…

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