Subject: Re: kill(1) a pid after timeout
To: None <>
From: Andrew Doran <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/24/2007 22:50:02
Hi Jan,

On Tue, Jul 24, 2007 at 10:47:46AM -0700, Jan Schaumann wrote:

> I occasionally have the need to kill a process iff it has been running
> for longer than N seconds.  Instead of parsing the output of ps(1) and
> then calling kill(1) myself, I have attached a patch to add the "-t
> timeout" flag to kill(1).
> Does that seem useful to others as well?

When would this do something different than ulimit & SIGXCPU?