nicest way to kill python process running on linux?

Christopher T King squirrel at WPI.EDU
Mon Jul 12 15:52:42 CEST 2004

On Mon, 12 Jul 2004, Alex Hunsley wrote:

> I'm running a monitoring script under linux written in python. It's
> nohup'ed so that I can log out and it will continue running happily and
> so on, but sometimes I need to kill the script before editing the source
> and relaunching it. Question is, what's the nicest way to kill the
> python process under linux? Is a simple 'kill [process-id]' the nicest
> way to do it, or is there a different signal I should send it?

If you want to be really nice, kill -SIGINT [pid] will generate a 
KeyboardInterrupt in Python that can be caught by the Python program, but 
the program could be set to ignore it. Otherwise kill [pid] (equivalent 
to kill -SIGTERM [pid]) is nice enough (it allows Python to do cleanup, 

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