Subject: Re: kill(1) a pid after timeout
To: None <>
From: Jan Schaumann <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/24/2007 15:36:30
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Andrew Doran <> 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).
> >=20
> > Does that seem useful to others as well?
> When would this do something different than ulimit & SIGXCPU?

You mean:

$ ulimit -t 500
$ invoke_long_command &


I want to be able to kill processes that have not been started with a
fixed ulimit.


As we all know, reality is a mess.
	Larry Wall

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