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when I list my processes I have:

root@adam-ThinkPad-T410:~# ps -e | grep signals
11641 pts/0 00:00:00 signals
11642 pts/0 00:00:00 signals
11643 pts/0 00:00:00 signals

but when I want to kill I get info that there is no such process:

root@adam-ThinkPad-T410:~# killall -9 11641
11641: no process found

I'm quite new to linux and a little bit confused I tried also "kill 11641" - but still no luck

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kill 11641 gives exactly the same error? (I doubt that.) Or do you mean, the process is still alive? – mpy Mar 3 '13 at 20:41
still alive, thanks for your answer, it worked :) – xwhyz Mar 3 '13 at 21:05
up vote 2 down vote accepted

killall expects a process name, e.g. killall signals which kills all such processes. Otherwise you should use the process id (which you extraced correctly from ps): kill -9 <PID> where -9 is SIGKILL and is rather rude, normally a kill <PID> is enough (but that sems not to work in your case). man killall and man kill are your friends.

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Beat me to it! :) Here's the man page. – Nicole Hamilton Mar 3 '13 at 20:41
@NicoleHamilton: Sorry ;) – mpy Mar 3 '13 at 20:43
LOL. Not at all. I see you're a relatively new member and can probably use the additional rep points more than me anyway. (The one upvote you got already was mine.) Keep up the good work. – Nicole Hamilton Mar 3 '13 at 21:18
@NicoleHamilton: I guessed your upvote already ;) -- and thanks a lot for your encouraging words. – mpy Mar 4 '13 at 20:26

The grep command returns itself as a process when you pipe it from another command. I suppose that the process 11641 is the grep process, which essentially has exited (and cannot be killed the way you are trying to terminate it).

Try to do this:

ps -e | grep signals | grep -v grep

That essentially removes the grep process from the result.

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no, I still have the same id's – xwhyz Mar 3 '13 at 20:30
ps -e | grep [s]ignals saves you the grep -v .. I got it from another post here which I unfortunately do not remember and thus can't credit on – ezdazuzena Nov 22 '13 at 10:34

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