Linux/Unix – How to Kill All the Processes Belonging to a User

If you want to kill all the processes that belong to a user, run any of these commands:

ü  kill `ps -u <username> -o “pid=”`

ü  ps -U username | awk ‘{print $2}’ | xargs kill -9

ü  ps -ef | awk ‘/username/{print “kill -9 “$2}’|sh


If the kill doesn’t respond and you need to force it, run:

 kill -9 `ps -u <username> -o “pid=”`


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Posted on March 16, 2009, in Unix/Linux. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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