Subject: Re: Killing processes by name
To: None <earle@isolar.Tujunga.CA.US>
From: Martin Cracauer <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/09/1996 11:05:30
earle@isolar.Tujunga.CA.US (Greg Earle)wrote:

>Speaking of killing processes by name, if we can replace more(1) with a
>slightly hacked less(1), surely we can replace kill(1) with Jeff Forys'
>skill(1) as well?  It kills by user name, tty name, etc. and so on, and is
>a complete superset of kill(1).  

IMHO, "less" is used for the job of "more" not because it has more
features, but because it is the best implementation of the
functionality of *basic* more. There is no lighter implementation for
the basic job.

The basic job of "kill" is to kill by PID and I don't see why "skill"
is better here. Here we have a lighter altenative. I often have to use
"kill" in critical situations where every usec startup time
counts and have a statically linked binary on emergency setups where
every KB disk/floppy space counts. 

Martin Cracauer <>  -  BSD User Group Hamburg
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