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Re: help for failing 'kill'

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: help for failing 'kill'
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 10:15:05 -0400

> Would someone be so kind as to point me at an online resource that
> describes the circumstances under which a bash 'kill pid' would fail
> even though it reports success?

Kill returns 0 if the signal is successfully sent, but it cannot know
anything about whether or not the signal was successfully delivered. 
The target process may be catching or ignoring the signal, or it may
be sleeping in the kernel at an uninterruptible priority. 

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
( ``Discere est Dolere'' -- chet)

Chet Ramey, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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