Sometimes when an application hangs in bash session (e.g. network lags in telnet, ssh, whatever) I can't kill it with ^C, stop it with ^D and even send it to background with ^Z.

Is there a way to kill it without opening another shell with kill? I guess there's a syscall to interrupt


If you are using SSH, try the two ketstroke combination: ~ ^z (tilde, and then control-z). This will escape out of the SSH session. The same can be done with telnet by pressing ^] (ctrl and then ]).

Now you can start a new session and kill the offending process or the entire session. Is this what you are looking for?

  • Yep, looks like a solution, thank you :) I'll test it ASAP. But is there a more universal solution? Maybe, some 'emergency' hotkey can be mapped in bash that kills the current task? – kolypto Jul 27 '10 at 13:17
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    In you ran inside of screen, you could open a new window and then kill the process. – jftuga Jul 27 '10 at 13:46
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    @o_O Tync: ^C, ^D and ^Z are the emergency hotkeys. – Dennis Williamson Jul 27 '10 at 14:51

You can send the process a SIGQUIT with a Ctrl-\ which sometimes works if the process has a signal handler for SIGTERM (Ctrl-c) or SIGSTOP (Ctrl-z).

If your process is blocking on I/O syscalls (ps shows it in state D,) it's in an uninterruptable sleep and you're going to have to wait until the resource it's waiting for starts responding.

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