Kill a Process
pskill sends a signal to a process, usually to terminate it.
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positive integers: one or more process IDs as returned by
integer, most often one of the symbolic constants.
Signals are a C99 concept, but only a small number are required to be
supported (of those listed, only
They are much more widely used on POSIX operating systems (which
should define all of those listed here), which also support a
kill system call to send a signal to a process, most often to
terminate it. Function
pskill provides a wrapper: it silently
ignores invalid values of its arguments, including zero or negative pids.
In normal use on a Unix-alike, Ctrl-C sends
SIGQUIT and Ctrl-Z sends
SIGTSTP: that and
SIGSTOP suspend a process which can be
The signals are small integers, but the actual numeric values are not
standardized (and most do differ between OSes). The
objects contain the appropriate integer values for the current platform
NA_INTEGER_ if the signal is not defined).
SIGKILL will be defined on Windows, and
pskill will always use the Windows system call
A logical vector of the same length as
TRUE (for success) or
Package parallel has several means to launch child processes which record the process IDs.
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