Suggestion: rename "killall" to "fkill",
but wait five years to phase the new name in
Jason A. Spiro
jasonspiro4 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 06:31:24 UTC 2009
Dear Craig, thanks for maintaining the "killall" command on Linux.
Dear hackers, thanks for maintaining it on FreeBSD.
Naming it the same as System V killall, which just kills all
processes, can wreak havoc. When someone types a standard Linux
killall command line as root on a Solaris or HP-UX server, System V
killall runs and kills all processes.
It might be good if you'd rename it to something else. Not "akill"
(All Kill): it looks like IRIX probably ships with something called
akill already, so this would be confusing. Maybe "fkill" (Friendly
You could do this in phases: for the first five years,
/usr/bin/killall could print a warning onscreen, then function as
usual. After five years, it could cease to function unless you call
it as "fkill".
Craig, and hackers, are you both willing to do this?
Jason Spiro: software/web developer, packager, trainer, IT consultant.
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