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Currently I use line like this in my sh script file:

kill `ps aux | grep -F 'myServer' | grep -v -F 'grep' | awk '{ print $2 }'` 

But I wonder how to call it only if process (myServer here) is running?

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You could kill processes by name using pkill or killall, check their man pages.

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try using:

sudo kill `pidof process_name`

where process_name is the name of the process you want to kill. What's great about this is that pidof will list the pid's of all processes matching the given name. Since kill accepts multiple pid's, it will kill of all of them in a single whim.

Let me know if this helps.

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What if list is empty? (my main point was not to call kill at all if possible) –  myWallJSON Jan 31 '12 at 12:44
If the list is empty, kill will return an error code 1 and not kill anything. It would be the equivalent as trying to call kill with no arguments. You could add an if statement that first checks if pidof returns an empty list. If it does not return an empty list, call kill `pidof process_name. If it does return an empty list, skip the kill call. –  amandion Jan 31 '12 at 12:59

I would use:

ps x --no-header -o pid,cmd | awk '!/awk/&&/myServer/{print $1}' | xargs -r kill

The xargs -r tells to run kill only if there is input. The ps --no-header -eo pid,cmd gets the output into a better format for parsing.

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