I have a simple python game script on my server which runs a loop like:

while True :
  (( listen for packets ))
  (( send packets back to all connected clients ))

I launch this script with

./gameServer.py &

Sometimes things go weird and I end up at my terminal again (PuTTy) but the script is still apparently running when I check ps.

I tried kill 3081 (where 3081 is the process id of the gameServer.py script) but it will not die.

Should I do kill -9? Will that have unwanted side effects? Why doesn't it die?

I am on Linux 2.6.24, Ubuntu flavoring.

  • AHH. It was "stopped". I "kill -cont 3081", it comes back, but as soon as I touch a key, it gets "+Stopped" again. – bobobobo Oct 5 '09 at 15:03
  • Use a try/except and in except put KeyboardInterrupt, then put quit(). – Máxima Alekz Dec 10 '18 at 22:49

kill -9 will stop the script. a simple kill command will wait for the script to gracefully stop, which will never happen in an infinite loop.

you should implement some exception catching mechanism to handle script failures. or even better - make a TSR service out of it instead of running in a simple loop

| improve this answer | |

This question probably belongs on StackOverflow as it's more programming related than system admin. But does your program handle the SigInt signals?


| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.