[R] R function to kill a process

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Wed Jul 20 14:03:51 CEST 2005

On 7/20/2005 7:25 AM, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> Is there an R function to kill a process?  I found one in package
> fork but it is specific to UNIX and I want something that also
> works on Windows.   The XP console command, taskkill,
> will do it so I can easily get the effect but it won't work
> on other Windows systems, even 2000 and NT.  I found a free utility
> pskill.exe by googling around that does work across 2000/NT/XP
> but was still wondering about something more general in R.

There's no such thing in base R, as far as I know.  Killing a process is 
complicated, and I think the procedure is quite different in Unix and 
Windows.  You want to give the process a chance at a clean shutdown if 

Duncan Murdoch

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