PIDOF(8) Linux System Administrators Manual PIDOF(8)
pidof -- find the process ID of a running program.
pidof [-s] [-x] [-o omitpid] [-o omitpid..] program [program..]
Pidof finds the process ids (pids) of the named programs. It prints
those ids on the standard output. This program is on some systems 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. If the system has a start-stop-
daemon (8) program that should be used instead.
-s Single shot - this instructs the program to only return one pid.
-x Scripts too - this causes the program to also return process
ids of shells running the named scripts.
Tells pidof to omit processes with that process id. The special
pid %PPID can be used to name the parent process of the pidof
program, in other words the calling shell or shell script.
0 At least one program was found with the requested name.
1 No program was found with the requested name.
pidof is actually the same program as killall5; the program behaves
according to the name under which it is called.
When pidof is invoked with a full pathname to the program it should
find the pid of, it is reasonably safe. Otherwise it is possible that
it returns pids of running programs that happen to have the same name
as the program youre after but are actually other programs.
shutdown(8), init(8), halt(8), reboot(8)
Miquel van Smoorenburg, email@example.com
01 Sep 1998 PIDOF(8)