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C.4. Proc::Killfam

Also in Chapter 15, "Anatomy of the MainLoop", we used the killfam command. Here's the code we promised for that command:

$Proc::Killfam::VERSION = '1.0';

package Proc::Killfam;

use Exporter;
use base qw/Exporter/;
use subs qw/get_pids/;
use vars qw/@EXPORT @EXPORT_OK $ppt_OK/;
use strict;

@EXPORT = qw/killfam/;
@EXPORT_OK = qw/killfam/;

# We need Proc::ProcessTable to work properly.  If it's not available,
# then we act like Perl's builtin kill( ) command.

    $ppt_OK = 1;
    eval "require Proc::ProcessTable";
    if ($@) {
        $ppt_OK = 0;
        warn "Proc::ProcessTable missing, can't kill sub-children.";

sub killfam {

    my($signal, @pids) = @_;

    if ($ppt_OK) {
        my $pt = Proc::ProcessTable->new;
        my(@procs) =  @{$pt->table};
        my(@kids) = get_pids \@procs, @pids;
        @pids = (@pids, @kids);

    kill $signal, @pids;

} # end killfam

sub get_pids {

    my($procs, @kids) = @_;

    my @pids;
    foreach my $kid (@kids) {
	foreach my $proc (@$procs) {
	    if ($proc->ppid == $kid) {
            my $pid = $proc->pid;
            push @pids, $pid, get_pids $procs, $pid;

} # end get_pids



=head1 NAME

Proc::Killfam - kill a list of pids, and all their sub-children


 use Proc::Kilfam;
 killfam $signal, @pids;


B<killfam> accepts the same arguments as the Perl builtin B<kill> command,
but, additionally, recursively searches the process table for children and
kills them as well.

=head1 EXAMPLE

B<killfam 'TERM', ($pid1, $pid2, @more_pids)>;


kill, signal


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