suspending a running task

Matthew Seaman matthew at
Thu Aug 17 21:00:53 UTC 2017

On 17/08/2017 17:58, Jim Pazarena wrote:
> Is there any way that root can suspend a task executed by someone else?
> In other words, not a program running direct from the console, but just
> any task presently running where the SysAdmin has a desire to
> temporarily suspend it.

Yes, sure.

To stop a process, find its PID and then:

   # kill -STOP $pid

This will suspend the process without killing it in much the same way
that Ctrl-Z works in a shell.

Conversely to restart a stopped process:

   # kill -CONT $pid



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