If it won't be simple, it simply won't be. [source code] by Miki Tebeka, CEO, 353Solutions

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


A combination of pgrep and pkill.

#!/usr/bin/env python
'''Find processes by regexp'''

# Miki Tebeka <miki.tebeka@gmail.com>

import re
from os import popen, getpid, kill
import signal
from sys import platform

def ask_user():
answer = ""
while not answer:
answer = raw_input("kill? [y/n]").strip()
if not answer:
if answer.lower() in ("y", "yes"):
return 1
elif answer.lower() in ("n", "no"):
return 0
print "Please answer yes or no"

def find_signum(signal_name):
if signal_name[:3] == "SIG":
signum = getattr(signal, signal_name, None)
signum = int(signal_name)
except ValueError:
signum = None

return signum

def main(argv=None):
if argv is None:
import sys
argv = sys.argv

from optparse import OptionParser

parser = OptionParser("usage: %prog [options] [REGEX]")
parser.add_option("-k", "--kill", help="kill processes",
dest="kill", action="store_true", default=0)
parser.add_option("-i", "--interactive",
help="interactive killing (ask before each one)",
dest="interactive", action="store_true", default=0)
parser.add_option("-a", "--annotate", help="annotate matching lines",
dest="annotate", action="store_true", default=0)
parser.add_option("-s", help="signal to send", default="SIGTERM",
action="store", dest="signal")
parser.add_option("-9", help="send SIGKILL", dest="signal",
action="store_const", const="SIGKILL")
parser.add_option("-g", "--gvim", help="kill also gvim sessions",
action="store_true", default=0, dest="gvim")

opts, args = parser.parse_args(argv[1:])
if len(args) not in (0, 1):
parser.error("wrong number of arguments") # Will exit

regexp = args[0] if args else "."

is_interesting = re.compile(regexp).search
except re.error:
raise SystemExit("error: bad regular expression - %s" % args[0])

signal = find_signum(opts.signal)
if signal is None:
raise SystemExit("error: bad signal - %s" % opts.signal)

found = 0
first = 1
if platform == "darwin":
cmd = "ps ax"
index = 0
cmd = "ps -eff"
index = 1

for line in popen(cmd):
line = line.rstrip()
# Print header line
if first:
first = 0
print line

if (not opts.annotate) and (not is_interesting(line)):

fields = line.split()
pid = int(fields[index])
if pid == getpid():

# Color lines
if is_interesting(line):
found = 1
if opts.annotate:
print "\033[32m%s\033[0m" % line
print line
elif opts.annotate:
print line

# Kill only intersting lines
if not is_interesting(line):
do_kill = 0
if opts.kill and opts.interactive:
do_kill = ask_user()
elif opts.kill and not opts.gvim:
do_kill = "vim" not in line.lower()
elif opts.kill:
do_kill = 1

if do_kill:
kill(pid, signal)
print "%d killed" % pid
except OSError, e:
print "error: %s" % e
elif opts.kill:
print "not killing %s" % pid

if not found:
error = "error: can't find any process matching `%s'" % args[0]
raise SystemExit(error)

if __name__ == "__main__":
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