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Nuke, ps grep kill something

I have lost count of how many times I have had a rogue process I needed to kill by doing the following:

ps ax | grep foo
  68105   ??  S      6:58.20 ladidadi foo ladida
kill -9 68105

Although this routine is quick to do, it is a bit annoying. I ended up with a little bash function that does this in a single neat command, and thought I’d share.
Just put the following in your .bash_profile or similar.

nuke () { ps -ef | grep "$@" | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2}' | xargs kill -9; }

Now the same procedure as above is reduced to

nuke foo

Use wisely.

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