Subject: Re: kill(1) a pid after timeout
To: None <>
From: Bill Stouder-Studenmund <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/24/2007 21:21:23
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On Tue, Jul 24, 2007 at 10:47:46AM -0700, Jan Schaumann wrote:
> Hi,
> 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?

I can see a use for this.

What will kill do after this change if the process exits before the=20
timeout? Further, say another process gets started using the same PID=20
before the timeout. Will it get killed instead?

Take care,


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