"Linux is great, you have total control over your system!"

I have open a basic image-editing program that has completely hung and literally will not close and there's no easy way to force it to quit such as, say, I don't know, a task manager that you open with a 3-key command...

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@witchfynder_finder (also the fastest way I've found to solve this in linux is to launch a terminal, and either type "pkill program-name" or use "htop")

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@lizardsquid Yeah I usually do that but I couldn't find the thing in question using top (I don't have htop installed on here) and direct queries for the PID just weren't returning anything.

I don't know, the whole thing was an enigma.

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@witchfynder_finder @lizardsquid ps -ax|grep "name of program" perhaps?

@witchfynder_finder xkill and click on the window, way faster than a task manager, and can be bound to any key combination.

@witchfynder_finder

Open a terminal

Type xkill

Click on window to kill

Or

ps -ef | grep gimp

Note the PID

Then:

kill [PID]

@witchfynder_finder There are any number of ways to get rid of a zombie task like that. The best ones work from the command line, though. Learn the "kill" command. Programs that crash or lock up are badly written, just as in Windows or Mac OS.

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