PIDOF(8)       Linux System Administrator's Manual       PIDOF(8)

NAME
       pidof -- find the process ID of a running program.

SYNOPSIS
       pidof [-s] [-x] [-o omitpid] [-o omitpid..]  program [pro-
       gram..]

DESCRIPTION
       Pidof finds the process id's (pids) of the named programs.
       It  prints those id's on the standard output. This program
       is typically used in run-level change scripts,  especially
       when  the system has a System-V like rc structure. In that
       case these scripts are located in /etc/rc?.d, where  ?  is
       the runlevel.

OPTIONS
       -s     Single  shot  -  this instructs the program to only
              return one pid.

       -x     Scripts too -  this  causes  the  program  to  also
              return  process  id's  of  shells running the named
              scripts.

       -o     Tells pidof to omit processes with that process id.
              The  special pid %PPID can be used to name the par-
              ent process of the pidof program,  in  other  words
              the calling shell or shell script.

NOTES
       pidof is simply a (symbolic) link to the killall5 program,
       which should also be located in /sbin.

SEE ALSO
       shutdown(8), init(8), halt(8), reboot(8)

AUTHOR
       Miquel van Smoorenburg, miquels@cistron.nl

                           27 May 1997                          1