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

skype

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.

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

killall -9 skype