OT - shell script to kill a process

chris bohnert chris at altuit.com
Tue Jul 10 12:55:14 EDT 2007


Try this:

  ps -awx | awk '{print $2}'

if that prints you a list of pid's you should be good to replace the cut
pipe with the awk command.  By the way, what version of os X are you
running..mine doesn't seem to behave as you describe.


On 7/10/07, Chris Sheffield <cmsheffield at gmail.com> wrote:
> Okay, I think I figured out the problem.
> The pid as returned from ps has a different number of leading spaces
> depending on the number of digits in the pid. So using a set value
> for the -f option doesn't seem to work. For example, if the pid has
> four digits, using 2 works since the pid has 2 leading spaces. But if
> it has 3 digits, you have to use 3 to get the pid returned correctly
> since it has 3 leading spaces. Am I making sense? It's kind of
> confusing to me. Anyway, can you think of a way around this? Is there
> some other command that would work instead of cut, or some other form
> of cut maybe?
> Thanks again.
> On Jul 10, 2007, at 9:28 AM, Chris Sheffield wrote:
> >
> > I've got another question for you though. It concerns the 'cut -d\
> > -f2' part of this. This doesn't seem to be working correctly. Can
> > you explain more what's supposed to happen here? It seems to just
> > be returning an empty string, so a valid pid is never passed on.
> > I've tried it using TextEdit as well as using my own process in the
> > command. Any thoughts?
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