[CentOS] out of memory

Paul Heinlein heinlein at madboa.com
Thu Jul 31 22:21:41 UTC 2008

On Thu, 31 Jul 2008, nate wrote:

> Craig White wrote:
>> Yeah, I have some users who despite my occasional begging to get 
>> them to shut down or at least log off, simply don't.
> While it can be done with grep I like the slay command, I don't 
> think it's available in RHEL
>       slay - kill all processes belonging to a user

CentOS includes pkill (in the procps rpm), which performs the same 

   pkill -U username

or, more severely,

   pkill -KILL -U username

That's what I use to get rid of open filehandles, esp. on NFS mounts, 
before shutting down shared servers.

Paul Heinlein <> heinlein at madboa.com <> http://www.madboa.com/

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