actually for one, on a linux box, it would be
kill -9 $pid
that is assuming you are calling the system's kill function and not a sub.
kill 9 $pid
will attempt to literally kill pid 9 and not kill $pid with a signal of 9Update:
as I find by doing the research, perlfunc:kill
show that my suggestion sucked, using kill with -9 actually works contrary to the shell command, and kills the process group.
hmmm, now I know there's a kill()
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