Kill process by fuzzy name

02 February 2015
Sometimes you want to kill a process but you either don’t know the exact name of the executable file, or you know part of the command arguments. killall is not your friend in those situations. Here’s a quick script to grep on part of a process name or arguments and kill it.

Full script (put it in a path included folder and change it’s permissions to executable +x):

ps aux | grep $1 | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2}' | xargs kill -9
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