What is pidof in Linux


pidof is a program for Linux that outputs the process number (PID, Process ID) of one or more running processes. Among other kernels, pgrep or ps are often used as alternatives.

pidof is usually used as a symbolic link to it killall5 realized, therefore this program also determines the exact properties of pidof (however checks killall5, similar to busybox, for example, with which name it was started and expects via the start name pidof parameters other than the start name killall5 - see also the different man pages at the end of this article). killall5 is for the Linux kernel a replacement for the killall in System V, which is required for a number of runlevel scripts.

It is recommended, pidof always to be called with the full path details of the program to be searched for. Otherwise it can happen that it returns the process numbers of different programs that happen to have the same name.


$ pidof ntpd 3580 3579 $ pidof emacs 22256

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