I use the
kill command quite often to kill processes left over - the most common usage is actually when I log into a machine via
ssh -X and start a KDE 3.5.x program. Quite some processes will remain running afterwards (dcop, kdeinit, etc.) and will not shut down for quite some while.
I’m used to
ps -aux|grep kde in such a case to get the process numbers and kill these with
kill -9 PID usually, but for several processes this might take some time. It’s faster to kill just all processes which belong the the user of the kill signal:
kill -9 -1
Keep in mind that you will also kill the konsole you are in right now!
Yet again a tip to make an every day job just a little bit easier.