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When I try to exit from my Linux server I get the message:

There are stopped jobs.

: Is there a single command to kill these?

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Additional examples in thie U&L Q&A:… – slm Apr 12 '14 at 20:25
I had opposite problem now, it would not warn about stopped jobs when I quit the shell! Had to put shopt -s checkjobs in my .bashrc – Sam Watkins Jul 9 '14 at 5:59

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up vote 44 down vote accepted

To quickly kill all the jobs running under the bash, enter:

kill `jobs -ps`

jobs -ps list process ID of the stopped jobs . kill `jobs -ps` send TERM signal to all stopped jobs.

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-1 for "kill Jobs" – Tibor Aug 10 '12 at 21:44
didn't work when the job was "sudo su". i.e. sudo kill `jobs -p` didnt work but explicitly typing PID did. – user13107 Oct 27 '12 at 18:12
Why is this upvoted so highly? It's wrong. If the processes are stopped, then a kill such as this will do nothing, since the processes are stopped, they won't process the SIGTERM (-15) that is sent to them by default. – slm Apr 12 '14 at 20:18
kill -9 will do the trick. – Blossoming_Flower Oct 12 '14 at 17:36

Try typing this:

kill -9 $(jobs -p)
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That should do it, but I think he should send first a SIGTERM (-15) before sending a SIGKILL (-9). So perhaps proposing something like "kill $(jobs -p) ; sleep 3s ; kill -9 $(jobs -p)" would be better. Sending SIGTERM first the jobs may be able to do a clean exit (freeing allocated resources, etc). – rems Feb 25 '11 at 10:49
Kevin Duke, your answer is the one that worked for me. I couldn't vote because I don't have 15 in reputation. kill -9 $(jobs -p) – user131776 Aug 10 '12 at 21:33
@rems Except, as slm pointed out, they won't get the SIGTERM because they're stopped. – Paul Gear Jul 22 '14 at 23:59

The accepted answer would kill all jobs (which is sufficient in this case) and not merely the stopped ones. Should you want to kill only the Stopped ones, run:

kill $(jobs -l | grep Stopped | cut -d' ' -f3)
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grep/cut can be combined in one awk command: awk '/Stopped/{print $3}') – laebshade Oct 20 at 13:35

The easiest way is actually to simply immediately retry the exit; bash will take that to mean "kill all stopped jobs and exit".

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That will send a HUP which doesn't necessarily stop any jobs. – Stephen Niedzielski Jun 28 '14 at 2:27
for x in `jobs -p` ; do kill -9 $x ; done
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you can add code formatting for this line to make it easier to read. – drcelus Feb 26 '13 at 10:54
Can you take a look at your formatting again - use four spaces at the start of the line to mark a block as code (rather than using backtick). Right now it isn't clear whether you are using backticks in your code, or trying to display code using backticks. – dunxd Feb 26 '13 at 11:39
The formatting is fine. we have to pass the jobs -p using backticks else it wont consider as a command, and it will throw an error. – monu Feb 27 '13 at 6:01

If you want to remove some stopped jobs but not all, try this:

First, list jobs, you will get something like this:

$ jobs -l

[2]   4813 Stopped                 ./parse < call.txt
[3]-  4819 Stopped                 ./parse < call.txt

send kill to a stopped job, it will do nothing but queue than bring it in in foreground, it will terminate

$ fg %2
./parse < call.txt

$ jobs -l
[3]-  4819 Stopped                 ./parse < call.txt
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