This is a function from my OS X .bash_profile. ‘fk’ is short for Find and Kill, and it lets you do a quick search of your running processes for a case-insensitive partial match of the first parameter passed to it. It’s useful for quickly finding a process without worrying about its capitalization or full spelling, and without having to sift through (or manually grep) a long
ps ax list.
On OS X (and similar Linux systems), you should have a file in your home folder (
cd ~) called .bash_profile. Just copy and paste this code at the bottom of that file, and then run
source ~/.bash_profile in Terminal. Now (and every time you log in) you can run
fk process, where process is a partial name of a running application or UNIX process. You’ll get a menu with the matches, and you can kill a specific process by typing its number at the prompt. The last option is always “Cancel,” which will terminate the command without taking any action. I’d love to hear about any improvements you make to this code… I’m far from a Bash pro.
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