Ubuntu – How to kill a process when I cant kill it via the GUI and kill in the terminal


I have some weird Skype crashes today. If I try to close it via the X nothing happens. I tried to kill the process over the KDE Process Manager (Ctrl+ESC).

I even tried to kill Skype via the terminal:

killall skype
kill (skypes process number)

None of the both worked. Right now I got to relogin to get it working again, and it keeps crashing every 15mins. I'm using KDE 4.7 and Ubuntu 11.10.

Best Answer

These days killall will also let you pass in a signal (to save you needing to look up a PID):

killall -9 skype
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