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From Jason Dillon <>
Subject Killing straggling processes
Date Thu, 15 Feb 2007 13:13:58 GMT
Just a general question for the unix readers out there...

Can anyone think of an easy way to effectively kill straggling  
processes?  For some of our automated builds, we use a system to  
distribute to remote agents.  Some of that work involves starting up  
Geronimo, and other servers.  Sometimes those servers don't stop  
properly, which messes up future execution of jobs sent to that agent.

I'm trying to figure out a simple way, to allow those future  
executions to have a better chance of success by making sure there  
are no straggling processes left behind.  Idea is also to just kill  
the children processes of the agent, but not anything else (like a  
su, or ssh for that user).

Any sh-hackers out there know how to just get the list of a processes  
children (and children's children)... list as pids of course, so I  
can kill -9 them.

My brain is fried... can't think of an easy way to do this... if  
anyone knows, please drop some knowledge :-)



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