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mkill(8)

Version 1.16
Jan 31, 2008

sysvinit-tools

Tools used for process and utmp management.

MKILL

Mkill - Send processes making a active mount point busy a signal

SYNOPSIS

mkill [-SIG] [-u] /mnt1 [/mnt2...]
mkill [-l]

DESCRIPTION

mkill determines all active mount points from /proc/mounts and compares this with the specified mount points. Then mkill seeks for processes making this mount points busy. For this search only the links found in /proc/<pid>/ are used to avoid hangs on files provided by network file systems like nfs(5). The default signal is SIGTERM for termination. If a mount point is not active, that is that it is not found in /proc/mounts, mkill will do exactly nothing.

OPTIONS

-<SIG> Signals can be specified either by name (e.g. -HUP, -SIGHUP) or by number (e.g. -1).
-0 The special signal 0 force mkill to list all processes making the specified mount point busy.
-u Perform a lazy umount on the specified mount points before sending the signal SIGTERM or SIGKILL.
-l List all known signals.

EXAMPLES

mkill -TERM /var

This will terminate all processes accessing a seperate /var partition.
mkill -HUP /dev/pts

All processes using a pseudo-terminal slave will hangup.

RETURN VALUE

Always success which is that zero is returned.

COPYRIGHT

2008 Werner Fink, 2008 SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, Germany.

AUTHOR

Werner Fink <>
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