The kill command sends a signal to the process. In general, what that process does with the signal depends on both the process and signal. There is, however, one signal that means "Die. right now. No excuses." If that's what you want, try this:
kill -9 XXXX
and process XXXX will die the death right then. Do not, under any circumstances try doing that with process #1, as that's init, and will kill all its children, which means your system will stop.
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Last edited by sidebrnz; 9th August 2008 at 01:31 AM.
Reason: typo correction