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Linux in a Nutshell

This directory of Linux commands is from Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.

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skill [signal] [options] processes snice [priority] [options] processes

Send a signal to processes, or reset the priority. The default signal for skill is TERM, and the default priority for snice is +4 but can be in the range +20 (slowest) to -20 (fastest). The selection options -c, -p, -t, and -u are not required, but can be specified to insure that processes are interpreted correctly.



The next argument is a command.


Use interactive mode.

-l, -L

List available signals.


Display the process ID, but take no other action.


The next argument is a process ID.


The next argument is a tty or pty.


The next argument is a username.


Verbose mode.


Show version information and exit.

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