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I want an easy way in linux to kill all my current processes.

The problem with kill -9 -1 is that it also kills the current terminal. Is there an easy way to kill everything except the current terminal?

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This kills all processes except the ones associated with the current terminal:

kill `ps -o pid= -N T`
  • doesn't work under debian. ps lists all processes – ThorstenS Jul 16 '09 at 11:04
  • The "T" argument to "ps" selects all processes associated with the current terminal and "-N" will negate that. – Inshalla Jul 16 '09 at 16:32
  • That may well be ... but if executed as root or under sudo that brings down the system. stackoverflow.com/questions/53048310/… :D – tink Oct 29 '18 at 16:39
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But just want to say don't use -9 as a knee jerk mechanism as it should be used as a last resort. It can't be caught by the process and doesn't let a process cleanup its resources.

Try maybe kill -15 instead to start.

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